A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
The One Remedy!
A farmer had a poultry farm and ten of his chickens suddenly died. He went to a government bureaucrat who specialized in animal health. The government expert instructed the farmer to give aspirin to all the surviving chickens. Two days later, however, the farmer returned. Twenty more chickens had died. What should he do now? The expert said quickly: "Give all the rest castor oil." Two days later, the farmer returned a third time and reported 30 more dead chickens. The government expert now strongly recommended penicillin. Two days later the sad farmer showed up. All the rest of his chickens had now died. They were all gone. "What a shame," said the expert, "I have lots more remedies!"
The world offers many so-called remedies to the problem of stress: - Get away - Run away - Fly away - Take a pill to ease your nerves - Take a drink to drown your sorrows - Take a shot to kill the pain - Get drunk, take drugs, sleep a lot. The truth is most of these remedies don’t work. Jesus prescribes just one remedy for stress: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
An elderly woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members. "How are you feeling?" the visitor asked. "Oh," said the lady, "I'm just worried sick!" "What are you worried about, dear?" her friend asked. "You look like you're in good health. They are taking care of you, aren't they?" "Yes, they are taking very good care of me." "Are you in any pain?" she asked. "No, I have never had a pain in my life." "Well, what are you worried about?" her friend asked again. The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and slowly explained her major worry. "Every close friend I ever had has already died and gone on to Heaven," she said. "I'm afraid they're all wondering where I went."
We are worriers or warriors. Chronic worriers allow anxiety and fear to interfere with living life to the fullest. They manifest their worry in physical symptoms like headaches and knotted muscles. Worriers seem unable to take control of their situation and make a positive change for themselves. Warriors, on the other hand, find healthy ways to deal with their fears. They don't automatically shut down and go into crisis mode. They trust that God will sustain them. Warriors take positive action to change a negative situation. Let us become warriors by coming/going to Jesus who calls us wholeheartedly. That is the remedy everyone needs to look for…