November 15, 2014

Stress and the Power of the Holy Spirit

In the theater production of The Oldest Living Graduate, old Colonel Kincaid is sitting in his wheelchair remembering his life as a young cowboy. He reflects on nights under the stars, the good taste of ranch food, his children and the wife he loved.

As he sadly reflects on his life, he says, ”I let it all slip by. I let it all slip by.”

How often do we let life slip by as we deal with stress like the demands of our job, failing health, loneliness, financial problems, rejection or difficulties in a relationship. These are just a few of the frustrations  that can overwhelm us and make our life miserable.  

In the Fourteenth Chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus informs his disciples:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—“
The advocate to which Jesus refers is our soul/spirit, breathed on us by the Creator of the Universe. If you follow Christ and if you are aware of the Holy Spirit within you, you will find the strength to cope with the stresses of life.   You will also find the confidence to overcome adversity and the power to live without fear.
“… the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”                                                                
                             2nd Timothy 1:7