Stress? It Can Be Temporary!

Many years ago (Am I supposed to start “Long ago and far away”? Marsha and I were going through a particularly difficult time, when she asked me (rather loudly, I might add), “What are we going to do about it?”.  I replied (equally as loud), “I don’t know what we’re going to do about it.  Immediately I looked at the end table beside me, where an NEB translation was open to Romans 8.  Above verse 18 the heading read, “Present Distress is Temporary and Negligible”.  Below were these words, “In my opinion, whatever we have to go through is next to nothing compared to the magnificent future God has in store for us.”  That was a breakthrough moment for us.

Some 30 years later, as we go through yet another struggle, we don’t have to ask each other “What are we going to do about it?”   This time around we already know the answer–that our present distress is temporary and negligible.  And whatever we have to go through is next to nothing…

Are you struggling?  God has a magnificent future in store for you, too.  Since there is nothing you can do about it anyway, why try?  Give the problem to Jesus.  He has the answer.  And you, too, can find that your temporary distress can be temporary and negligible.

I’ll close with this from Rick Warren: You don’t realize that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.  God bless.



About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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