Too Blessed to be Stressed
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12, NIV)
James’ details the characteristics of the Christian life. He addresses the hypocrisy of empty claims of faith without works and gives us practical real-world advice on how to put our faith into action. I remember the day this passage came to life. Sitting in the audience, I felt the anticipation and pride of a parent. Memories of band recitals, award ceremonies, football and volleyball games; only this was very different. It was not my child, but a sister in Christ who God had graced me to disciple and teach. This was her “coming out party”— her first public testimony of the amazing things God had done in her life.
The room was abuzz with fellow Christians who wanted to hear her secret. Her title, “Too Blessed to Be Stressed,” drew them in. She spoke of the recent miracle in her life. Recounted that she had died in an accident in her pool and how God gave her a second chance at life! As she spoke, the crowd was silent and still as the Holy Spirit ministered to every person in the room. She went on to describe the growth in her faith walk and how she now felt God’s presence in her life every day. She shared her new outlook and how she saw life in a totally new way. She challenged the audience to celebrate life each day. She closed with, “Look for God’s presence in your life in the small things, then you too, will realize that you are too blessed to be stressed!”
Child of God, I encourage you to examine your life. Remember the times that God lifted you up and carried you when you were too tired to go on. Be joyful and thankful for God’s grace, mercy and favor. In the face of trials and challenges, I pray that you will declare, “I am too blessed to be stressed!”
Father, thank You for Your blessings and favor. Holy Spirit, help me remember the fullness of Jesus’ mercy and grace each day and may peace and joy reign in my life. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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