Rick Warren's Eight Principles For Managing Stress

Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church.

Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rick Warren’s Eight Principles For Managing Stress

  1. Principle of Identification.

    Know who you are.

  2. Principle of Belonging.

Know whom you’re trying to please. You cannot please everybody because if you please one group you displease another.

  1. Principle of Accomplishment.

Know what you’re trying to accomplish.

Either live by priorities or by pressures. There is no other option.

  1. Principle of Concentration.

Focus on one thing at a time.

  1. Principle of Delegation.

Don’t try to do it all yourself.

  1. Principle of Meditation.

Make a habit of personal prayer.

Prayer is a gigantic stress-reliever.

  1. Principle of Relaxation and Recreation.

Take time to enjoy life.

  1. Principle of God.

Give your stress to Christ.

Source: God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions by Rick Warren.

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Bill Hybels: Cross, not a crown

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God led Jesus to a cross, not a crown, and yet that cross ultimately proved to be the gateway to freedom and forgiveness for every sinner in the world. God also asks us as Jesus’ followers to carry a cross. Paradoxically, in carrying that cross, we find liberty and joy and fulfillment.

Bill Hybels
WillowCreekCommunityChurch

Pope Benedict XVI: Christianity

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.”
Pope Benedict XVI, May 2004

 

Origen Adamantius: Jesus and the multitudes

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When Jesus then is with the multitudes, He is not in His house, for the multitudes are outside of the house, and it is an act which springs from His love of men to leave the house and to go away to those who are not able to come to Him. ”
Origen Adamantius

Bob Wilkin: Most fortunate

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Because of Christ‘s resurrection–and His guarantee that He will resurrect all who believe in Him–we are the most fortunate, the most blest people on the planet Our faith is effective, we are not in our sins, our departed loved ones are with the Lord, and the labor we do for Him is not in vain.”
Bob Wilkin