Peer pressure, job pressure, performance pressure, family pressure…the list goes on and on. We have tons of issues pressing down on us at any given time, so much so that sometimes it’s a miracle we can stand at all. Some deserve our immediate attention, some aren’t that serious…such as trying to do your business when afflicted by shy kidneys in a restroom serviced by an eager attendant! Talk about several pressures at once…pun intended. (It wasn’t as funny as you may think, but that’s a story for another day!)
The pressure we most often feel is that which we place upon ourselves. We may have high expectations of ourselves and then may also project fears and worries of others onto the heap as well. We have real and imagined benchmarks to live up to and pressure ourselves even more if we fall short of those marks.
Pressure itself isn’t a bad thing. We absolutely need to push ourselves; motivate ourselves to be better, stronger, more resilient and more able to handle this life. But it’s also important to put those pressures into perspective, learn how to handle them correctly; we need to be able to accept failure. We need to be able to face it without its weight crushing our hopes and dreams…as well as our motivations.
All successful people, ideas and inventions had failures that guided and prodded them on their road to fruition. The difference being, the successes had the fortitude and continual motivation to push forward, to try harder….to overcome. We can easily let the pressures of life hold us down, stifle our efforts, block our motivation, impede our progress, but those that are daring and willing to push forward will see rewards that those who quit will not. (Philippians 3:13-14)
We must find balance in our lives to be able to afford ourselves some grace…from God, those around us, and ourselves. It’s alright to want to get everything right, but we must leave room for grace in our lives to pick us up and dust us off so that we don’t lose our hope, our spirit, or our motivation.
Thankfully the Lord knows all of this much better than we do. He knows what we can bear and what will crush us. If we open our hearts to his will and grace, he’ll offer us relief from the pressures of this life…or at least a way out of our current circumstances. Burdens are always easier to bear if shared by more shoulders. Cast all your worries on the Lord, open yourself to His grace. You can probably handle all the pressures of life alone, but why would you want to if you don’t have to?
“He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…he will also provide a way out” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22
“Do not worry about your life…is not life more important” Matthew 6:25-34
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened” Matthew 11:28
“Do not be anxious about anything…present your requests to God” Philippians 4:6-7