15-01-04 breaking point FBTLMy teaching for the month of January is “Breaking Point – How To Stay Unbroken”.

Lisa and I saw the movie “Unbroken” last week. It’s a true story about an American POW in Japan. Louis Zamperin was an Olympic runner before the war, and he lived by a motto his brother taught him. “If you can take it you can make it.” Louis was continually beaten and humiliated while in the camp. They tried hard to break him, yet he remained unbroken. It is truly an inspiring story.

Everyone has a Breaking Point. We are not all captured by the enemy and put in a POW camp, but most Americans live right on the edge of breaking. They don’t have to live there, but they choose to. In all areas of their lives and the lives of their kids they are afraid they might miss something if they step back from the edge.

Are you living on the edge of your breaking point?

Are you generally tired?

Do you lack motivation?

Are you more negative than you used to be?

Does your thinking seem muddled or unclear?

Are you isolating yourself or having relational issues with the people you love?

Are you preoccupied with feeling you need to stay busy?

Are you anxious or depressed?

Are you struggling with feeling guilty?

Are you having more health problems?

If you answered yes to a couple or more of these questions you may be dangerously near your breaking point.

What is the “Breaking Point”? It is the point at which a person collapses under stress. You may never hit your breaking point, but studies show that living on the edge of breaking has a significant negative impact on your health, finances, and relationships.

God created you. He knows that your tendency in life will be to get stressfully close to the edge as you try to take care of the problems of life on your own.

That’s why Jesus said things like:

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matt 6:31-33

Beginning Sunday at Life Connection Church, we will spend four weeks discovering how to stay Unbroken.

Be my guest at 9:15 or 11:00 … www.lifeconnectionchurch.org

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