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Stressful Holidays
Published: 12/11/2012 7:09:55 PM

 

This season means holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.  It is a time of celebration and worship.  It is a time to enjoy family, friends, food, traveling, time off from work, and so much more.  The holiday season is truly a joyous time to enjoy and praise God for all of the wonderful blessings He has freely given us, especially His Son, Jesus.  

Even so, all of the family, friends, food, traveling, time off from work can create overwhelming stress.  
 
And that’s before the stress at work. Have you ever felt the stress, worry and anxiety created by your workplace is amplified during the holiday season?  How do you manage the stresses of the holiday season, inside and outside of work?   

For me, the holiday season also means a parade of benefits enrollment, year-end performance reviews, planning for the upcoming fiscal year, covering for vacationing co-workers and so forth.  The corporate holiday season is thus a not-so-joyous time of endless decision making, meetings and form filling.  This annual production of It’s A Wonderful Corporate Life creates an additional layer of stress that when combined with the stresses of the holiday season causes a few more of my hairs to fall out.  And with each passing year, those hairs become more and more important to retain.  

One unfortunate outcome of the stresses the corporate holiday season is the strain it puts on my mind.  It too often results in anxiety and worry about the future for myself and my family.  The benefits enrollments and performance reviews reveal the declining benefit structure of the world we work in today.  This coupled with the gift-giving, Thanksgiving and Christmas parties and all of the expense of the holiday season can take its toll on me.  It affects my personal well-being, and quite frankly spills over into the personal relationships I maintain.  

But thankfully we have a God that is greater than this stress, greater than this worry.  Throughout scripture, we see people who fear, worry and encounter stress.  In each instance, God’s refrain is the same:  Do not fear.  I am with you.  About the anxiety and worry that sin can create in our minds, Jesus said to His disciples:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?    Matthew 6:25-26

Jesus obviously understood the stress and worry we all encounter.  While I have never been truly successful at laying all the unnecessary worry in God’s hands, I know that I can come to Him in prayer, asking Him to help when I feel anxious or stressed out, like during holiday season.  It is a comfort knowing that we have a God who sent His only Son to live a human life. He understands our stresses, our worries, our anxieties.  He defeated the devil, the worldly influences that surround us, and our own sinful nature on the cross. Since He defeated all these evils, he can strengthen us to deal with the stresses they cause in our lives.



Contributed by Brian


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