It's Stress

by Stan Mitchell
“Dave” is one of the farmers in Zimbabwe who has had his land taken away by government-sponsored thugs. He is a fifth generation Zimbabwean of Scots descent, and his farm is a rich mixture of wheat, cotton and soybean.
If you know about farming you know that Dave invested much more than his life savings into the farm; every square foot had his blood, sweat and tears on it.
When his doctor diagnosed him with cancer she spoke candidly to him, as good doctors will: “It’s stress,” she declared, “You have to reduce the stress in your life.”
Of course, Dave asked the obvious question: “How do I do that?”
Long before medicine discovered the link between a stressful lifestyle and our health, the Wise man of proverbs put his finger on the connection:
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, ESV).
I don’t know what Dave can do about the tyrant who rules his once lovely country, but I suspect that in this country we can do more about the stress in our lives.
Reconcile with friends and family; value family and friends more than money and things. Take an afternoon off and spend it with your children, your wife, or your best friend.
It’s good heart medicine!

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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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