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.

Mother Teresa: Beautiful, pure, immaculate

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997)...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); at a pro-life meeting in 1986 in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.” — Blessed Mother Teresa.

Madonna of humility by Fra Angelico, c. 1430.

Madonna of humility by Fra Angelico, c. 1430. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maximilian Kolbe: Blessed Virgin

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
–Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

English: Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) Deutsch:...

English: Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) Deutsch: Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) :*Graphics by Knoblauch :*Ausgabepreis: 40 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 25. Mai 1973 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 771 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jewish proverb: Wisdom

Lost Wisdom

Lost Wisdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.”

Jewish proverb

 

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

C. S. Lewis: Christianity

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ”
C. S. Lewis

 

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

Neale Donald Walsch: Religion

“One either has to believe in a God who’s terribly prejudiced, or disbelieve the teachings of such exclusionary theologies. Religions have taught us that ‘we are better than they.’ ”
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. S...

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending… -Neale Donald Walsch (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

 

Mother Teresa: Love

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God‘s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997)...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); at a pro-life meeting in 1986 in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope Benedict XVI: Almsgiving

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

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

 

Almsgiving, according to the Gospel, is not mere philanthropy: rather it is a concrete expression of charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross, gave His entire self for us. ” –Pope Benedict XVI

 

Frederick Buechner: Despair

English: Public domain image from Library of C...

English: Public domain image from Library of Congress http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/van.5a51769 taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Despair has been called the unforgivable sin–not presumably because God refuses to forgive it but because it despairs of the possibility of being forgiven.”
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973

 

Pope Benedict XVI: Lent

“The observance of Lent is the very badge of Christian warfare. By it we prove ourselves not to be enemies of the cross of Christ. By it we avert the scourges of divine justice. By it we gain strength against the princes of darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God’s glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted that such negligence would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity, and of private woe.” –Pope Benedict XVI

 

 

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)