We have more demands and are trying to do more as life runs faster than ever, and as a result, people are more stressed and depressed than ever, all the more reason to use reading the Bible as your moment of daily peace.
First, we’ll take a look at things that may be driving your anxiety and a reminder of what failing to make time for daily peace is costing people the world over. Then, how to use the Bible as a source of daily peace.
There can be little argument that technology is speeding up our lives. There is evidence of this all around us.
A recent study by Microsoft concluded that the human intention spanned has shrunk nearly 25% and only a few years, dropping to a mere 8 seconds. This is why people are attempting and failing miserably at multitasking, and many are watching two screens at once: Television and a smartphone.
A study by the American Psychological Association found that nearly 20 percent of people said technology is a source of stress. From social media to push notifications always giving us updates, people feel like they are “on” all the time.
As far back as 2013, a study by Schilling concluded that knowledge was doubling every 13 months, and Fuller’s theory predicted that by 2020 knowledge would double every 12 hours fueled by the Internet of things.
It’s safe to say that we are already at the point where things are coming at us faster than we can absorb.
Suicide rates are at their highest since World War II. In 2017 they jumped 33 percent since 1999, Time reports.
Even before the pandemic, the prevalence of mental health among adults was increasing. Between 2017-2018, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness, an increase of 1.5 million people over a single year, according to a report on the state of mental health in America.
Suicide is the highest among teens, especially girls, and at the same time, the abandonment of religion is also the highest among young people who belong to either Generation Z or Millennials. These groups also have the highest levels of anxiety and depression. According to experts, academic and social pressures are the highest causes of these, in particular, getting good grades and having to look good and fit in socially, the Pew Research Center reported.
Could there be a correlation between a drop in religious interest, church attendance/affiliation, and worsening mental health and stress? It’s hard to say, but there is an interesting parallel between the rise of one and the decrease of the other.
One of the first steps you can take is giving yourself permission to slow down by establishing a block of “quiet time” for your daily peace. Disconnect from all technology. Reading the Bible is a good way to allow yourself to decompress from the day’s stress while absorbing words of comfort, love, and hope.
Long before there was anything near the technology we have today, Jesus knew the pressures the world puts on us.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Verses on peace and love.
Verses on hope.
Verses on joy.
Verses on quality living.