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Cracks In The Soul

Weakness Stress Sin Nature

Source: "Why are plane windows round?” by Natalie Keegan with The Sun, February 24, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-13

Scripture: Romans 8:3 ; Matthew 26:41

Author: Illustration Exchange


Natalie Keegan with The Sun writes:

It may sound like a minute detail — but the shape of a plane’s windows is actually really important.

In the past, square windows were all the rage and many early plane designs featured them.

However, by the time the 1950s rolled around, the commercial jetliner rose to fame — and this is when problems began to surface ...

The new planes were capable of flying at greater speeds and at higher altitudes than those of the past, but two of them soon fell apart, disintegrating midair — all because of square shaped windows.

This may sound bizarre, but it all comes down to the sharp corners on a square.

The corners are natural weak spots, more likely to be stressed and weakened by air pressure changes and as such are a recipe for disaster when it comes to air travel.

Curved windowpanes, however, have no focal point and distribute stress evenly — reducing the possibility of cracks or breaks.


To be human is to have weak spots, sharp corners in the soul that are prone to crack under the stress of God’s moral commands.  And where cracks appear, breaks are sure to follow.  

“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins” (Romans 8:3, NLT).

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!" (Matthew 26:41, NLT).

Christmas Stress Peaks at a Precise Time

Christmas Stress Rest

Source: "Put down that carving knife! Christmas day stress peaks at 12.56pm - and it's down to turkey-related tension" by Bianca London for UK MailOnline, posted 17 December 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-15

Scripture: Matthew 11:29

Author: Bianca London / Illustration Exchange


The Christmas holidays are undisputedly a stressful time, with tensions mounting as we draw nearer and nearer to the day. But just when does all that tension crescendo? At precisely 12:56 pm Christmas Day--this according to a British survey commissioned by Magimix, a premier food processing company.*

Why 12:56? And what is a food processing company's interest in Christmas stress anyway?

Well, it seems our stress comes to a peak at precisely the time most of us are preparing and/or serving our holiday meal. We manage to survive the madness of the malls, the terror of travel and traffic, the festivity fatigue, and the weariness of wrapping, only to be pushed over the edge by the holiday turkey and trimmings.

MailOnline reports:

Almost half of Brits (47 per cent) say preparing the turkey, vegetables, and all the trimmings is the most demanding task they face on December 25.

This is because of the difficulty of timing everything right (33 per cent), and coping with interfering relatives (16 per cent).

Others are stressed by the effort required to chop, peel, baste, and mix (15 per cent), and struggling to squeeze everything in the oven (32 per cent).

The pressure is heaped on by the amount of time put into making sure everything is perfect, found the new study.

The average adult spends four hours 30 minutes preparing and cooking Christmas dinner. …

We first think about the meal on December 14 and then spend 14 hours worrying about it before preparations even start.

A spokesman from Magimix, who commissioned the survey, said: "Christmas cooking is becoming a real source of stress for the nation, with 12.56pm the time we're tipping over the edge."

'It's understandable that people want the most important meal of the year to be perfect but many of us are putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves to impress family and friends."

*While the survey is based on British respondents, the US holiday frenzy is no less frantic.


All of the chopping, peeling, basting and mixing aside, it seems the thing that takes the largest toll is the pressure to make the "most important meal of the year ... perfect." The irony behind the pressure many feel this time of year is that Jesus came into the world to relieve our stress, to deliver us from the pressure to be perfect.

Christmas Day commemorates the day that God Himself stepped out of Eternity and into time and space … and the human condition … to begin His redemptive work on our behalf. We needn't put any unnecessary pressure on ourselves (whether earthly or spiritual) to impress anyone, least of all God.

Jesus' work in our behalf is perfect and complete, allowing us to find rest in Him.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:29).

Am I My Monkey's Keeper

Responsibility Co-Dependency Stress

Source: "Ulcers in executive monkeys," a study by J.V. Brady, as published in Scientific American, 1958, 199(4), 95-100.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Scripture: Genesis 4:9 ; 2 Corinthians 11:28

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"Ulcers in Executive Monkeys" was a study into the effects of the stress of responsibility on executives. It was first published in 1958 in Scientific American by Joseph V. Brady.

The study involved giving a test, "executive" monkey the responsibility of avoiding electric shock both for himself and a fellow monkey. First the test monkey was trained to pull a lever at a control panel. Then, at regular intervals, the test monkey was given an electric shock unless he first pulled the lever. Later a "yoked," control monkey was placed in sight of the test monkey. The yoked monkey was likewise shocked at regular intervals unless the test monkey first pulled the lever.

The experiment had to be halted and reformatted because the executive monkey died from perforated stomach ulcers. In all subsequent tests, the responsible, executive monkeys developed ulcers while the yoked, control monkeys did not, leading researchers to conclude that the ulcers were a symptom of the excessive stress induced by the burden of responsibility and control. 


The Apostle Paul wrote, "Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:28). Leadership is stressful. In one sense, we are indeed our monkey's … er, our brother's … keeper. Yet God does not desire that we take ultimate responsibility for our brothers' health and happiness. That job is His alone. He alone has the wherewithal to bear that burden.

Our job is to simply love and care for others as best we can, given our gifts and abilities, then leave the outcome to God. Anything less is at best co-dependency and at worst, arrogance.

How many levers are you trying to pull?

"Then the LORD said to Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' 'I don't know,' he replied. 'Am I my brother's keeper?'" (Genesis 4:9).

God Commands Us to De-Stress

Stress Anxiety God's Care

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-28

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6

Author: Unknown

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Squeeze the Sponge and See What Comes Out

Object Lessons Filled With The Spirit Stress

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-25

Scripture: Ephesians 5:17

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Study Shows Lying Is Bad for Your Health

Lies Stress Health

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-13

Scripture: Proverbs 19:9 ; Proverbs 3:7

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Calm Down, Susie

Stress Self-control Anger

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-08-04

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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The Link Between Death and Taxes

Devotion Stress Riches

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-13

Scripture: Mark 12:17 ; cf. Matthew 22:21

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Screen-Door Policy

Stress Time Management Success

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-06-09

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Making Yourself Sick

Health Stress Word of God

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2011-05-18

Scripture: Proverbs 17:22

Author: Sam O'Neal

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