Essay on Stress And How We As Humans Handle Stress

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Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:6-7 NASB emphasis added)

The topic of stress and how we as humans handle stress is a very common discussion; a Google search for stress in the news yields 16,300,000 results. (Google n.d.) Conversely, in the first century the Apostle Peter tells his early Christian readers to cast all their anxiety onto Jesus. The Greek word he uses for anxiety is the noun merimna. (Earle, 443) It is the same word Jesus uses in His Parable of the Sower for the seed scattered among the thorns, “…the worries of the world… enter in and choke the word…” (Mk. 4:19 NASB). Peter’s statement seems simple enough, direct everything that causes you to worry over to Jesus, almost as if forwarding an email. Except, I imagine anyone you would find who says it’s that easy is merely typing over and over again, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” (The Shining 1980) This movie reference is logical because Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance is experiencing the outcome of failure, depression, and anxiety. The movie indicates that Torrance has self-medicated with alcohol before, but has now stopped drinking; however, he has not found a way to alleviate his feelings. He is suppressing them and has no outlet. Therefore, I understand the concept and theology of soul care to be an actual instrument for dealing with such…

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