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        (08/07/2001) understanding stress
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: understanding stress

[Ecclesiastes 5:12]
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.

I have this dream that one day I'll leave Malaysia and
move to Monterey Bay with a few friends. Get a
Labrador there and start a Chinese restaurant. It's
one of my ways of escaping from my world.

It's really kind of a silly dream. Things won't be
easy in Monterey, especially if I start a Chinese
restaurant. My family has started restaurants before
and I see them toiling day and night for the business.

Why do I have this dream?

Because I want to escape the stress of my world and I
think that packing my bag and moving elsewhere would

I've recently learned that I need crisis or stress to
grow. It takes crisis to shake me out of my comfort
zone to move to the next level. It's just like
exercising. If I don't exercise, I will grow flabby. I
have to exercise and subject my body to stress in
order to get fit. If I want muscles to grow, I need to
create a small crisis in my body to stimulate muscle
growth. It is the same with my life. A life without
stress is a life without growth. Rest is only sweet
when I live with stress and have overcome. Rest is
only sweet in the context of growth. Stress creates
opportunities for me to overcome and grow.

It's the same thing with work and labour. It's good to
take a holiday after working hard on the job. But if
you find yourself unemployed for months, it wouldn't
be so much fun after all. Rest is only sweet in the
context of stress.

The bible also teaches us that in order to grow, we
need to prune and remove parts of our lives that is
hindering us from growth. Every pruning process
involves a crisis. That crisis creates the
opportunity for us to grow.

[John 15:2]
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so
that it will be even more fruitful.

If we start looking at stress at the right perspective
and start welcoming a certain amount of stress into
our lives, we will learn to take and not avoid
challenges in our lives. We will not look at crisis as
negative destructive forces in our lives but positive
forces that we can use for growth. We will learn to
find and enjoy the sweet rest that comes from labour
and overcoming crisis.

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Wai Hun 
Tuesday, August 07, 2001 9:54:26 AM   waihun

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