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What does it take to stress you out?

One of the most important qualities we can develop in life is tolerance for challenges, problems, and difficulties. Some folks become super stressed by the smallest things in life. A few little inconveniences or disruptions turn into hyper-drama and emotional upset, all because they have a very low tolerance for stress. They are experts at allowing molehills to become mountains.

How can we increase our stress tolerance? First, we must admit that it’s an issue for us. If you have a low tolerance for stress, admit it. The acknowledgment allows you to begin addressing it.

Second, readjust your life expectations. All too often we set ourselves up for stress because of an unrealistic view of the world, and what we think it should be, rather than understanding what it actually is. The world is an imperfect place, filled with imperfect people, which inevitably leads to daily problems for us! Accept that reality. Adjust your expectations that everything must be perfect for you to be happy. Remember the words of Jesus in John 16:33 (NIV) “ … In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Pastor Dale