成功需要因應每天的壓力

By Robert D. Foster

你如何因應每天工作中需要面對的壓力、要求和困難?有句話說:「若不是有別人的存在,生命就不會這麼糟。」一個類似的說法可以是:「若不是有壓力的存在,工作就不會這麼糟。」

要找這種情況的好例子,可考慮匈牙利的爾文.倪瑞吉哈斯(Ervin Nyiregyhaz)。在兩歲時,爾文就能從他的玩具小鋼琴談出曲調,三歲時他就展現出完美的節奏感,四歲時已能寫出他自己的音樂作品。

在12歲爾文就在柏林交響樂團演奏;15歲時他在挪威國王與皇后前表演;17歲時他現身在美國紐約市有歷史的卡內基音樂廳演奏。當時音樂界的一些權威人士已開始將他與莫札特比較。

然後,在他20出頭時,爾文神秘地消失在大家眼前。就好像消失在地球表面!經過許多年,都沒人知道這位曾經令人驚嘆的音樂天才發生了什麼事。

若你求教於世界最好的鋼琴家們,爾文.倪瑞吉哈斯不會在那名單之列。許多有成就的鋼琴家從未聽過他的名字。在75歲時,他重新出現在加州的舊金山,貧困交加,住在一個便宜的旅館,在一個偏遠小教堂的免費演奏會中表演。

爾文承認有700首作品保存在顯微膠片裡,但沒有一首曾經發表。在75歲時他終於坐在鋼琴前面,開始為他的後代子孫錄製他的音樂,那些音樂是他寫好之後55年才第一次演奏的。

你可能會問:「爾文發生了什麼事?」他只是無法處理每天生活中的壓力。婚姻與人際關係的壓力、音樂界的緊張情緒、成功與名氣的沉重負擔。這些都讓他的精神和情緒受到重擊,使他「逃避」公眾的視線。

在聖經中,使徒保羅用了一個希臘字 THLIPIS,這字的意思是「在身體和情緒緊張下的壓力」,這個字也用來形容「把葡萄擠出果汁」。

顯然,卓越的鋼琴家爾文相信他必須獨自處理他的壓力。但基督徒有不同的做法。如保羅所寫:「不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的;因為知道患難生忍耐,忍耐生老練,老練生盼望」(羅馬書5章3-4節)。

許多人、企業和崇高的行動都不是缺乏技巧、知識或力量,而是因為缺乏耐心而失敗。當我們失去耐心,我們就失去對上帝、對我們自己和其他人的信心。沒有耐心就會造成沮喪,使人去做不經深思熟慮的事,或者變得冷漠。

聖經給我們這個建議:「你要把你的重擔卸給耶和華,他必撫養你;他永不叫義人動搖」(詩篇55篇22節)。

本文改編自「週一早晨觀點」,這是一系列由羅勃.符思特所寫的默想文章。他不收費,鼓勵人們複製,只要註明出處即可。若有任何問題或評論,請寫信到29555 Goose Creek Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135, U.S.A.或傳真 (303) 647-2315。符思特先生最近剛慶祝他91歲生日。就像他的勸勉,他每一天都繼續「抓住這一天!」

思想 / 討論題目
你常常必須處理的最大壓力是什麼? 你一向都如何回應壓力?你是否發現當你在壓力之下會比較有生產力且有效率,或者過多的壓力使你覺得沮喪、沒有能力、甚至士氣低落?請解釋。 你曾否面對一個困難--或你生活中無法招架的情況--使你像爾文.倪瑞吉哈斯一樣想「逃避」?可能你現在正面對這樣的狀況。請描述你當時如何回應--或正計畫如何去回應。 保羅建議「在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的」,你覺得合理嗎?為什麼?若你想要看有關此主題的其他經文,請看:
以賽亞書41章10節;馬太福音11章29節-30節;腓立比書4章6-9節;提摩太後書1章7節;雅各書1章2-5節;彼得前書5章7節

SUCCESS REQUIRES COPING WITH EVERYDAY PRESSURES

By Robert D. Foster

How do you cope with the pressures of everyday life, the demands, demands and difficulties that we must confront during the course of a typical workday? There”s a saying, “Life would not be so bad if it were not for the people.” A corollary statement to that might be, “Work would not be so bad if it were not for the pressures.”

For a good example of this, consider the amazing story about Ervin Nyiregyhaz, Hungarian by birth. At the age of two, Ervin was picking out tunes on his little toy piano. At three he had demonstrated perfect pitch, and at the age of four was already writing his own musical compositions.

Ervin played with the Berlin Symphony at the age of 12; at 15 he performed before the King and Queen of Norway, and at 17 made an appearance in historic Carnegie Hall in New York City, U.S.A. Some leading authorities in the world of music had already begun comparing him with Mozart.

Then, in his early twenties, Ervin mysteriously disappeared from sight. It was as if he had fallen off the face of the earth! For years, no one knew what had become of this marvelous, one-time musical prodigy.

If you consult a listing of the world’s greatest pianists, you will not find Ervin Nyiregyhaz there. Many accomplished pianists have never heard of him. At age 75, he reappeared in San Francisco, California, destitute, living in a cheap hotel, performing a free concert in a small, out-of-way church building.

Ervin admitted to having 700 compositions preserved on microfilm, but not one had been released. At 75, he finally sat down at a piano and started recording his music for posterity, often playing selections for the first time, 55 years after he had written.

"What happened to Ervin?" you ask. He simply could not handle the pressures of daily life. The pressure of marriage and relationships; the emotional tension of the music world; the sheer weight of success and fame. They all took a mental and emotional toll, causing him to “drop out” of public view.

In the Bible, the apostle Paul uses the Greek word THLIPIS. It means “pressure under physical and emotional stress." It was a term used to describe the "squeezing of grapes to get the juice."

Apparently, superb pianist Ervin believed he had to cope with his pressures alone. Followers of Christ have a different approach. As Paul wrote, "We rejoice in trials and problems – they help us learn to be patient, then (we learn) strength of character, and then we learn to trust in God" (Romans 5: 3,4).

More people, enterprises and noble causes are ruined through lack of patience than through lack of skill, knowledge or energy. When we lose patience, we lose faith in God, ourselves, and others. Impatience begets discouragement, driving men either to poorly considered activities or to deadening apathy.

The Bible gives us this advice: "Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall" (Psalm 55:22).

Taken and adapted from Take Two on Monday Morning, written by Robert D. Foster. Permission to reproduce with proper credit is freely given and encouraged. For questions or comments, write: 29555 Goose Creek Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135, U.S.A., or fax (303) 647-2315. Mr. Foster recently celebrated his 91st birthday. He remains determined to “seize the day” on a daily basis.

Reflection/Discussion Questions
What are the greatest pressures you must deal with on a regular basis? How do you typically respond to pressure? Do you find yourself more productive and effective when you are under pressure, or does excessive pressure cause you to feel discouraged, ineffective, even demoralized? Explain your answer. Have you ever been faced with a problem – or overwhelming circumstances in your life – that tempted you to “drop out” as Ervin Nyiregyhaz did? Perhaps you are confronting something like that right now. Describe how you have responded – or are planning to respond. Does it make sense to you, as the apostle Paul suggests, to “rejoice in trials and problems”? Why or why not?If you would like to consider other Bible passages that relate to this topic, look up the following: Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 11:29-30; Philippians 4:6-9; 2 Timothy 1:7; James 1:2-5; 1 Peter 5:7

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