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Words all by themselves are powerful! Just look at the word “stress” and notice how you feel. Okay, now look at the word “revitalize.” Ahhh… yes, isn’t that better?
We all know what stress feels and looks like. We often don’t need to look further than in the mirror or at the face of the people around us. The stressors are manifold and many, if not most, are beyond our control. We may not be able to choose what stressors touch our lives, but we certainly can choose how to respond to them. How we respond is part of the intrinsic freedom of the human spirit!
Life presents us with myriads of invitations for what to do with our time, effort and money and our choices matter
Each of our choices is either “life-giving” or “life-draining”.
Our culture provides us many invitations to divert the stress which are just ways to forget about your stresses – for awhile anyhow. Some people make use of unhealthy distractions such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, busy-ness and unhealthy sex. Or we get quick fixes by going to Disneyland, a mall, or out to see a movie or even engage in any number of online options … the point is, we are distracted. For awhile. But afterwards, we are tired. We are not refreshed and sometimes our stress is worse than at the beginning.
Here is a different kind of invitation: use your human freedom to make choices that refresh, restore, renew and revitalize you!
Today, start something new. Plan into your life those activities that could be described with words beginning with RE:
Lynn Baker, Chaplain