by Rev. Tom Gray
Builders have to take into account the amount of stress their product can endure, whether it’s a bridge, an elevator or an airplane. Engineers measure just how much load their product can take and then instruct users to avoid dangerous loads.
You’ve probably seen signs at bridges that give maximum pounds of load. If your vehicle weighs more than that you must not take it onto the bridge. If only our minds and bodies had such instructions. We don’t have posted stress limits on our bodies as obvious as printed signs, but our bodies tell us in other ways.
When we’re emotionally stressed we can become teary, angry, or even alienated from others. If we are physically stressed we can have headaches, sleep problems, and minor, even major illnesses.
Hardest on us might be spiritual stress. When we feel far from God we cease even to love ourselves and others, much less take care to avoid emotional and physical stress.
Spiritual strength might be the source to balance all other weaknesses. The more we are connected to our Maker, the more likely it will be that we truly value balance in every area of our lives.
The regular study of Scripture, prayer, and fellowship with other believers is a pathway to balance. We can find what the good life truly is, without frantically exceeding our limits. Even God took time for rest.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Genesis 2:2