Look carefully at this container. Do you see the words, "Anti-Stres"? That is Turkish for Anti-Stress (amazingly easy, that one). This is an extremely large container of hand soap refilling solution. The manufacturers of this actually believe that we will believe that by using this hand soap to wash our hands, we will reduce our stress. I bought it because it was the cheapest, not because I am confident in its anti-stressing ability. As I refilled our soap dispensers, though, I began to think about 'anti-stressors.' What does the world consider to be an anti-stressor? Shopping? A party this weekend? A good strong drink? Separation from a spouse? Telling someone off? Venting? If we are honest, even if it eases the edge for a moment, none of it really works long term, does it?
But here is a good anti-stressor: "...in Me you have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."-Jesus
We have an Anti-Stressor that works. Even when my neighbor (and friend) who is running for public office has chosen as his campaign slogan, "D-mn the American Imperialists. D-mn Israel." Even when I am taking my daughter to a potentially scary doctor's appointment. Even when my husband is heading out of town, and I remain in a foreign country without him. God is good, all the time. I'll take His antidote anytime.