It happens to everyone. We get tired and feel like quitting. Our happiest moments dissipate; our energy suddenly dissolves; our excitement over accomplishing something or being committed to something is gone; we still have a dream but we’ve lost motivation to achieve it. Some call it being stressed out.
Stress is mental and emotional strain and tension; it is pressure resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
It is usually the result of one or both of the following circumstances:
- A person feels demands exceed resources.
- When a person has a sense of little or no control over an event.
FIGHT – get agitated, anxious, can take it out on others, get short with others, irritable
FLIGHT – remove yourself instead of facing it, tackling the problem, withdraw, isolate
FREEZE – become immobilized, hold breathe, breathe shallow, (a deep sigh is your nervous system catching up on its oxygen intake)
Stress pressures the weakest parts of our physiology which is our soul and body. We have a spirit part, though, that can sustain us (Proverb 18:14). The good news is that we can get the desire and motivation back and be renewed. Our God can cause hope to abound in our heart and with hope, desire and motivation will return. We have a covenant with God Who promised to strengthen us that we can get renewed in:
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Strength is a provision of grace which means Jesus already did the work to provide it and we can receive it by faith. Abraham’s wife is a great example of someone who received strength by faith even before Jesus provided strengthening grace. Hebrews 11:11 says, “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”