again today I have another fantastic article from Joyce Meyer……she
explains it like a rubber band that breaks…..she said we are somewhat
like the rubber band that we get stretched so far we just snap…..her
analogies are amazing……in this message she teaches us how to not get to
our snapping point…..enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!
RUBBER BAND: JUST SNAP IT
we live in a fast-paced society that seems to be placing more and more
demands on us with each passing year. People are hurrying everywhere,
and they're often rude and short-tempered. Many people are experiencing
financial stress, marital stress and the stress of raising children.
There's often mental and physical stress on the job caused by overwork.
Many times this type of lifestyle causes health problems—adding even
The word stress was originally an engineering term that referred to the
amount of force a beam or other physical support could bear without
collapsing. Today the dictionary's definition of stress includes
"mental, emotional, or physical tension; strain, distress." This is a
condition most of us are all too familiar with. Almost everyone is under
some kind of stress—it's a normal part of everyday life.
God created our bodies to withstand a certain amount of daily pressure,
so when we push ourselves beyond our limitations, we begin to
experience problems. Are you pushing yourself too hard? Many people live
in a perpetual state of overload—always on the verge of collapse. They
keep stretching themselves to the limit like a rubber band…until one day
A rubber band has an amazing ability to be stretched to its maximum
length and then return to its precise original form, but how many times
can it do that without weakening or breaking?
Let's say you're working around the house and break a rubber band while
trying to stretch it around something. You can't find another rubber
band, so you try to fix the broken one by tying the ends together.
Sometimes in our daily lives, we stretch ourselves beyond our capacity,
and we snap like the rubber band. We think we've fixed the problem by
simply tying the ends back together. But soon we fall into the same
behavior that caused us to break down in the first place.
When a rubber band you've tied breaks again, it usually breaks in a
different spot. So you tie the ends together in another knot. In our
daily lives, when we keep stretching, breaking and "tying the ends back
together," we begin to feel as though we're tied up in knots—inside and
The solution seems simple—get rid of those things that cause stress.
That may work for awhile, but it's not the final solution. It's
impossible to totally eliminate all the stress from our lives. Our only
answer is to adjust our perspective and change the way we respond to the
inevitable stresses of everyday life. Over time with repeated exposure
to stress, our lives begin to resemble that worn-out rubber band.
Exhaustion—both physical and emotional—begins to take its toll. When
stress depletes our bodies, our immune system weakens, and sickness
(even depression) can set in.
Ignoring God's laws and His ordained limits for our lives will
ultimately cause burnout. You simply can't continue to overwork your
mind, emotions and body without eventually paying the price. Who sets
the pace in your life? Do you let the pressures and stresses of everyday
life drive you toward burnout? Are you stressed from trying to keep up
with everyone else? Are you living under the stress of competition and
comparison? Are you a perfectionist with unrealistic goals?
I believe we can live stress free even though we live in a
stress-filled world, but it might require some radical decision making.
If your life has become a rubber band all tied up in knots, it's obvious
that a change needs to take place. Begin to adjust your perspective to
match God's. Seek His peace and His pace for your life. Respect your
body. Treat good health as a priceless gift. Don't waste the energy God
has given you on stress. Save it for living and enjoying life!”
Gods Grace & Mercy