Without Pressure a Diamond Will Forever
Remain a
Piece of Coal

 

Pressure can come into our lives in many forms. However most often pressure comes in the form of stress.  We stress about our finances. We stress about our children.  We stress about our job, and about our significant other.  Some of us even stress about being stressed.  Too often we allow the pressures of living to imprison us.  Why?  Why do you stress about things?  Why do you circum to the pressures of life?  When has stressing about something changed the circumstance?  It hasn’t and it probably never will change things.

Furthermore how often have we stressed about our relationship with God?  Have you ever been stressed because you feel like you do not pray enough or you do serve him as often as you should?  For the majority of us, we never stress or even mull over these issues in our lives.  So if you aren’t stressing over your relationship with God what are you stressing over?

Pressure is a part of life, so we have to learn to deal with it in a more appropriate manner.  Let’s face the facts we rarely stress about anything that is a matter of life and death.  Rather than circum to the pressure use it to make your diamond.  Additionally if you forever remain a lump of coal you will miss out on the beauty of being a diamond.

Diamonds are considered to be the most beautiful gems on Earth.  Diamonds are forever and diamonds are strong.  The only things that can cut diamonds are diamonds.  Once you become a diamond you will be able to with stand pressure, outlast the circumstances of life, be beautiful, and ordinary stones will no longer be able to hurt you.  Strive to become a diamond.

 

From a lump of coal to a beautiful diamond

1.    Stop stressing over things you cannot change.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

2.    Trust God.  Our God is a faithful God.  Trust him to see you through your difficult situation.

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.         Psalm 9:10

3.    Look for an opportunity to grow even while in the mist of the situation.  Ask yourself what canI learn from this situation.  The devil may have meant it for your demise but God can make it for your uplifting.

…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies….

Psalm 23:4-5

4.    Be Thankful!  In all things there is a reason to be thankful.

  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and in holy array.

 1 Chronicles 16: 29

 

Don’t Stress! Don’t Worry! Just smile and thank God!

This pressure is only making you into a diamond.