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Dealing with Stress (Part 2) – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

In this article, I am continuing to look at the example Jesus set in dealing with stress.  He said, “I know where I came from and where I am going” (John 8:14).  Know what you want to accomplish.  Jesus said, “I know where I came from and where I am going.”  Can you say that too?  Unless you plan your life and establish priorities, you’ll be pressured by other people to do what they think is important.  Every day you either live by priorities or you live by pressures. There’s no other option.  Either you decide what’s important in your life or you let other people decide for you.  It’s easy to operate under the tyranny of the urgent, to come to the end of your day and wonder, “Have I accomplished anything at all?  I used up a lot of energy and did a lot of things, but did I achieve anything important?”  Busyness is not necessarily productivity.  You may be spinning in circles but not accomplishing anything of real value.  Preparation causes you to be at ease.  Or to put it another way, preparation prevents pressure, whereas procrastination produces pressure.  Good organization and good preparation reduce stress because you know who you are, who you’re trying to please, and what you want to accomplish. Read more…

Dealing with Stress (Part 1) – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

Jesus was constantly under pressure.  There were grueling demands on His time.  He rarely had personal privacy and He was constantly interrupted.  People repeatedly misunderstood, criticized, and ridiculed Him.  He was under enormous stress, yet He remained at peace under pressure.  How did He do it?  In this article, I want to look at the example of Jesus and see what we can learn.  Know who you are.  “‘Who are you?’ they demanded.  Jesus replied, ‘The one I have always claimed to be.’”  
If you don’t know who you are, others might try to tell you who they think you are.  If you don’t know who you are, you’ll subconsciously let other people pressure you into believing you are somebody you’re not.  A lot of stress comes from our hiding behind masks, living double lives, being unreal with others, and trying to be somebody we’re not.  Insecurity always produces pressure in our lives; when we’re insecure, we feel coerced into performing and conforming.  We set unrealistic standards for ourselves, and even though we work, work, work, we still can’t meet them.  So, what should you do?  You must know who you are, and Whose you are!  You’re a redeemed child of God put on this earth not by accident but for a purpose.  You are deeply loved and fully accepted by God.  He has a plan for your life; therefore, you are significant.  To overcome stress, you must know who you are; until you deal decisively with this issue, you’ll be plagued by it.   Read more…

What Kind of Shadow Are You Casting? – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

How would you do if I asked you to answer the following?
Part 1
* Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
* Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
* Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
* Name ten people who have won a Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
* Name the last half-dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
* Name the last decade’s World Series winners.
Part 2
* List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
* Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
* Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
* Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
* Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
* Name three heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The second part of the quiz is much easier and that is the point. The people who make a difference in your life are not necessarily the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. The people who touch our lives are the ones who matter. Read more…

To Parents of Graduates – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

Now that summer is almost over, there are anxious parents across the country, who are preparing their newly graduated sons and daughters to leave home and enter college this fall. The countdown is on to find sheets for extra-long twin dorm room beds, to figure out student loans, to set up new bank accounts—everything that parents hope will pave the way for their child to be successful at college.
For these parents, this moment came quicker than they realized. How did 18 years go by so fast? For many parents, part of the anxiety that they are feeling right now is whether their children are ready for this. How will their kids do out on their own? All good parents want to launch their kids from home in the best possible way and hope that their children avoid the mistakes they made when they were young. But Christian parents, in particular, are concerned with whether their kids will walk with God when they leave home, and they pray that their children won’t stray from the faith taught to them.
It’s never too late to encourage your children to trust and obey God. It is far better to start while they are young and have the benefit of years to develop character and faith than to impart wisdom from dad and mom at the end. A deadline, like a child leaving for college, though does bring urgency to the matter. It forces parents to face the reality of the question: are my children ready? Have I prepared them as best as I can?   Read more…