STRESSFUL LIVING is life in a state of prolonged, unhealed woundedness and unfed hunger. Obviously we all have occasional times of stress, but this does not become stressful living unless we ignore the signs and warnings of our bodies and emotions.
If ignored or mismanaged, these prolonged periods of unnurtured fatigue and pain can lead to the closing down of our emotional responses, which is the condition known as burnout. It is a survival reaction. Often when people say they are suffering from burnout, they are really experiencing extreme symptoms of pain and fatigue that can be healed if faced in time. As long as we are hurting badly and caring deeply, we are not yet burned out.
Part of the spiritual life is to become sensitive to the signals our bodies and feelings give us that healing is needed. The deeper Christians grow in compassion toward others, the more important it is that they face their inner selves with compassion. It seems to be a spiritual law that sooner or later we treat others as we treat our inner selves.
Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds
From page 16 of Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 1985 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Spend time thinking and praying about the statement, “sooner or later we treat others as we treat our inner selves”. Share your thoughts.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9, NRSV
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This week we remember: Julian of Norwich (May 13).
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