Stressed?

by Stan Mitchell
“Dateline, New York. Wealthy businessman, John A. Glendening, was found by colleagues slumped over his desk, apparently the victim of a heart attack. He had built a mighty financial empire, but had been hounded by lawyers and the press recently regarding company financial statements that had allegedly been falsified. His doctor stated that stress, along with the extra weight he had put on in recent months, was probably the cause of the cardiac arrest.”
This was not an actual heading from the New York Times, but it could have been! Our stressful lifestyles do indeed have an effect on our health.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot” (Proverbs 14:30, ESV).
Medical science confirms what the Wise Man says in this verse. The condition of our heart has a powerful effect on our health. “Envy,” stress, bitterness, rage – all these things affect our health in the end.
They “rot the bones” of the man who harbors them.
We have all remarked on pictures of a president as he enters office, and as he prepares to leave. They invariably age a great deal.
Though the pressures of being chief executive of the nation are unavoidable, those of us who are private citizens do not have to hold angry and resentful sentiments on our own hearts.
There is a place where we can put them where their toxic nature will no longer affect us.
We can lay them at the foot of the cross.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. It should be noted that the Presidents with the strongest Biblical faith age far less than the “political-faithed” and so it is with the citizens also.

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