The story was once told of Tattoo the basset hound. As the story goes, Tattoo never intended to go for an evening run, but when his owner unknowingly shut the dog’s leash in the car door and drove through the neighborhood Tattoo had no choice but to follow along. Once the owner got about three blocks from home, a patrol officer noticed what was happening and stopped the vehicle before something tragic happened to Tattoo.
The officer later wrote in his incident report, “The poor basset hound was picking them up and putting them down as fast as he could, he kept falling down and being dragged a considerable distance.” Have you ever felt like Tattoo the basset hound? In other words, have you ever felt like you don’t have the stamina to keep up with the fast pace of your life? Have you ever felt like you were at your wits end or that you don’t know how much more you can take? Does it ever feel like your life has gotten out of control and you’re being pulled along for the ride?
Today, I simply want to share two quick ways to overcome the stressors in our life:
We have to learn to adjust our expectations. We have to accept the fact that we will not have a problem free life. We will go through some disappointing situations. We will face some trying times in our life. But we don’t have to be discouraged or dismayed, because there is nothing that we will ever face in this life that we cannot handle with God on our side. In John 16:33 Jesus says it this way, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” We can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Jesus is on our side.
We have to limit our activities. One of the quickest ways to stress yourself out is to fail to manage your time wisely. No matter how important we may be or who may be depending on us, everyone needs to take the time to rest their body, nurture their relationships, and replenish their spirit. Mark 6:31 says it this way, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that the disciples did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to them, come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” If we want to minimize the stress in our life, we must make rest a priority and not an afterthought.
Tattoo the basset hound was “picking them up and putting them down as fast as he could” but he didn’t have the stamina to keep up the extreme pace. What about you today? How long can you keep up your current pace before you lose control? Why not make the necessary adjustments before it’s too late.
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.