Unnecessary pressure for me looks like this:
Other people’s expectations.
Fear of screwing up.
I have to do everything “right.”
I have to know the answers to everyone’s questions.
Anxiety about the way I look.
My parents and their hopes and dreams for me.
All of these things combine into a pressure that is absolutely unnecessary.
Jesus said not to worry, for God even cares about the birds and the flowers. You and I are incredibly more important to Him than them. Jesus holds all things together and works all things for the good of those who love Him.
In the midst of the aforementioned pressures, however, it doesn’t always seem that way.
I guess perception really is everything.
Perception is something I need to pray for every day. I need to see my life through the clear eyes of truth. And I need some rest, because all that unnecessary pressure is exhausting.