Talk about an exciting week!!! This week we are starting a brand new message series called “De-stress My Life”. As I was preparing it a few months back, I just knew that this series is going to change people’s lives. Every time I’d tell someone about it, they’d say: “Dude, that’s gonna rock!” (Which is the Substance way of saying: “Golly Pastor, that’ll be a very swell message”).
I’m actually teaching on five different “kinds of stress” that steal our peace. But here’s a little self-test for you. In fact, if you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you need to make plans to be there:
#1). I regularly feel the urge to body slam my computer: YES . . . . . . . NO
#2). I occasionally have an itchy middle finger when I drive on the Interstate: Y . . . . N
#3). I tend to drink more than 5 shots of espresso per day: Y . . . . . . N
#4). You recently had an “Oh-yea-you-think-your-day-was-bad?” debate with a loved one:
#5). You watched more than 5 hours of political news coverage last week: Y or N
(Now tally up your score)
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you’re probably stressed out! But, God’s got fantastic news for you! And here’s the catch: You have to be in church to hear it! (unless you podcast! : )
The truth be told, it’s been a pretty stressful two weeks for me. This weekend, I’m supposed to be sharing profound answers on de-stressing our lives; so, how ironic is it that I’m totally stressed out!? Believe it or not, we have over 100,000 people reading about our church this week! (We just sent out a 50,000 home direct-mail piece). So, like a total dork, we decided to revamp our entire web-site at the last minute! (Probably not on God’s agenda for my life).
But this I know: God is a God of peace and rest. And, despite the silly little mole-hills that I turn into mountains, God is in control of my life. And when I allow that truth to sink deep into my soul, it ultimately changes the way I view reality. My life rocks. And I could endlessly lose myself in gratitude.
So people: trust me in this: Every last one of us needs an alternate view of reality. (a de-stressed view)
So, if you struggle with time management or rest… get ready to be set free. This is called “Good News” for a reason!
We’ll see you there!