Managing our Stress and Anxiety during the Coronavirus Crisis
Bulletin 10. ‘Christian Resources’
This is the last in the current series of stress bulletins, so I thought I would take this opportunity to pull together some of the key issues for Christians in dealing with their stress and anxiety.
Right from the outset we have recognised that Christians are not spared from the stresses and strains of life. Jesus had to cope with everyday pressures and so do we. However, as Christians we do have additional resources available to us because Jesus has shown us the way. Let’s just remember some of the key coping mechanisms that Jesus used to manage His stress.
Quiet time with God
Meditation with the scriptures
Sharing meals & Fellowship
Rejoicing in the Lord!
Trusting in the Lord.
All these resources are available to us as Christians, although we might have to wait a while before we are able share meals with one another! However, thanks to the early inspiration of Jesus’ disciples, we also have one other resource.
When I deliver stress seminars to Christians, I begin by asking the audience, what causes them the most stress in their lives. Many people reply, ‘The workplace’, some suggest that it is ‘Family Pressures’, but a disturbingly high number of people reply, ’Church’! That’s a bit worrying isn’t it? I suspect part of their anxiety is to do with the fact that people care deeply about their church lives, but feeling stress and anxiety about church suggests something is wrong. I hope we don’t feel like that about our church and that any worries or concerns we have can be sorted out in a loving, caring way. Church should always be a place of welcome and love between the fellowship and God. I believe that Wylde Green is a close and supportive community with Jesus at the heart of what we do, and that this has been in evidence throughout the Coronavirus crisis. So please make use of this amazing resource that we have, to give and to receive, to support and share both your joys and anxieties with one another during this difficult time and beyond.
And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. (Acts2:44-45)
Stress Tip: ‘Peace’
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)