THE WAY OUT

Activated - - NEWS - By Keith Phillips KEITH PHILLIPS WAS AC­TI­VATED’S ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF FOR 14 YEARS FROM 1999 TO 2013. HE AND HIS WIFE CARYN NOW WORK WITH THE HOME­LESS IN THE U.S.A.

In a 1968 episode of the orig­i­nal Star Trek, the crew of the star­ship En­ter­prise en­coun­ters an in­ter­galac­tic species whose lives are far more fast-paced than those of their hu­man coun­ter­parts. But there is a price. “At this level, they are eas­ily dam­aged,” Cap­tain Kirk ob­serves, “as if ac­cel­er­ated liv­ing burns them out.” Star Trek’s cre­ators ap­par­ently were mak­ing an ob­ser­va­tion about where the mount­ing pace of mod­ern life was tak­ing us—and they may have been even righter than they re­al­ized.

Some years ago, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion pre­dicted that by the end of this decade, half of the top ten med­i­cal prob­lems world­wide would be stress-re­lated, and an­other study found that 54% of peo­ple world­wide com­plain of stress at work. In Ja­pan, the mod­ern era has coined the new words karoshi and karo­jisatsu— “death from over­work” and “sui­cide from over­work.”

Stress is a very real prob­lem that af­fects all of us to vary­ing de­grees. Per­haps the most daunt­ing as­pect of stress is the way it is self-per­pet­u­at­ing. Just think­ing about how to get out from un­der it puts us un­der more stress.

There is a way out, though, a sure and sim­ple way of es­cape. It’s so sim­ple, in fact, that many peo­ple make the mis­take of dis­miss­ing it be­fore try­ing it, and there­fore con­tinue in their stressed-out state.

“Come to Me,” Je­sus says, “and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My bur­den is light.” When you are wea­ried with

1 the strain of it all, you can fly to Je­sus on the wings of prayer and faith and get the re­lief that He alone can give you. He knows what you need most of all: rest of body, mind, and spirit, fel­low­ship with Him, and the spir­i­tual strength­en­ing that comes from read­ing and ab­sorb­ing His Word. Just a few quiet mo­ments with Je­sus can melt away the ten­sion, bring peace of mind and spirit, and put the sit­u­a­tions that lead to stress in proper per­spec­tive. Can it re­ally be as sim­ple as that? You’ll never know what sweet re­lief awaits you till you try it!

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