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Rhythms Part 1

Way Too Fast

Jonathan Stockstill

August 5, 2018

Ecclesiastes 2:21-23 NLT - 21 Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. 22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? 23 Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 8:15-17 NLT - 15 So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun. 16 In my search for wisdom and in my observation of people’s burdens here on earth, I discovered that there is ceaseless activity, day and night. 17 I realized that no one can discover everything God is doing under the sun. Not even the wisest people discover everything, no matter what they claim.

Rhythm - the flow of your life, the routines and habits, the quantity of obligations and events and the distance between them

1. PROGRESS doesn’t mean PEACE.

  • Three main tools of progress
    • Education
    • Economy
    • Technology
  • The danger with progress is the idea that progress will bring peace.
  • We are programmed to think that if we can just ADVANCE, we will arrive at utopia.
    • What if we pushed for relational progress?
    • What if we pushed for emotional progress?
    • What if we pushed for spiritual progress?
  • All of this progress leads us to being overwhelmed.

2. OVERLOAD will always OVERWHELM.

  • Overload is when you exceed your limits.
    • Physical, performance, emotional, mental

Eighteen types of overload we are experiencing today

  • Activity overload
  • Change overload
  • Choice overload
  • Commitment overload
  • Communication overload
  • Debt overload
  • Decision overload
  • Expectation overload
  • Fatigue overload
  • Hurry overload
  • Information overload
  • Media overload
  • Noise overload
  • People overload
  • Possession overload
  • Technology overload
  • Traffic overload
  • Work overload


  • Stress is not our circumstance, but how we respond to our circumstance.
  • Mental strain is far more detrimental than physical strain.

Stress has a face.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Frustration
  • Anger

Stress has mental symptoms.

  • Depression
  • Withdrawal
  • Apathy
  • Mental fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling things are slipping out of control
  • Negative thinking
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Exaggerated worrying
  • Anger and hostility
  • Impatience
  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion

Stress has physical symptoms.

  • Rapid pulse
  • Palpitations
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Hyperacidity
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel
  • Tightening of the muscles
  • Headaches
  • Weight changes
  • Compromised immune system
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath

Behavioral symptoms of stress

  • Irritation with friends and colleagues
  • Bossiness
  • Outbursts of temper
  • Withdrawal and detachment
  • Sudden tears
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Accident proneness
  • Reckless driving
  • Inappropriate laughter
  • Compulsive shopping
  • Increased use of tranquilizers
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes

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