I wanted to share a short excerpt from the writings I've been working on about the topic of stress.
This potential portion of a chapter explains the relationship between stress and worship. One thing I've been saying and realizing in my life is that stress is like anti-worship. So to explain my theory I start off describing some of my thoughts on worship. Here's part of that.
Great and healthy things are possible when you worship, either in song or music, act of service, in your heart, or in Spirit and in Truth. Transformation occurs. We can develop more tender hearts, grow increasingly sensitive to God’s presence, and allow our spirit to connect with the Holy Spirit. These are all very good things. They are also only byproducts of the actual act of worship. What I want to focus on in this chapter is the goal of worship.
The ultimate goal of worship is to bring glory to God. It is to make God’s greatness known to you and to others.
It’s a very simple goal but here’s the catch. How do you make God any greater? How can you possibly make God any bigger than he already is?
The truth is you can’t. You can’t make God bigger.
Go ahead and try. Any success? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
After this, I go on to connect this with stress, explaining that one way that we can make God greater is through making ourselves smaller. It's the idea behind John 3:30:
He must become greater; I must become less.
It's a matter of perspective. Like an illusion, if we make ourselves smaller next to God, than it makes God look bigger to others, which accomplishes the goal of worship.
It's like standing next to a shorter person to make you feel taller. Except with God.
Alright, here's where I could use some help. Here are some concepts that I want to hit and explore in more detail so let me know if you think I'm on the right track or what could use some tweaking.
- Stress is "anti-worship."
- Gratitude combats stress.
- Despair is a bold declaration that your situation is greater than what God can handle. Essentially you are saying that you are greater than God.
What do you think?