James 3: 13 -18
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Choose to be calm, steady and always focus on God instead of focusing on the problem.
At one point in my life says Selwyn, I lived with such stress and tension that I had a physical breakdown. In fact as a result of that period of tension I developed an illness which almost took my life. It came about because I considered myself the “Director of the Universe” and took on the responsibility of helping God run His world. When I resigned from that position I had claimed for myself and began to live my life by biblical principles, I found that I had the strength I never had before. If there is one thing I have learned, and be able to pass on to others, it is how to overcome tension and stress. I have been made strong at the broken places.
Like Selwyn discovered, there is no amount of thinking and planning without submission to the will of God that can make your life great. Instead of choosing the hard way of trying to manage your life and the life of others, make the right choices today by handing over those burdens to Jesus.
Life will always throw unpleasant things at you, in response, stand firm knowing that your redeemer liveth.
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