By Robert D. Foster
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！」
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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.
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