18 February 2021 | St Albans, UK [Paul Lockham]
This week the Trans-European Division staff were again joined by colleagues from the unions and fields across its territory as well as the Inter-European Division counterparts for more Devotional Webinars. Following the feedback from the January series of webinars, four more aspects of wellbeing have been considered.
On Monday morning participants were greeted by the exuberant enthusiasm of the British Union Conference (BUC) Health Ministries Director Sharon Platt-McDonald. While battling the technology to share her presentation, Platt-McDonald introduced the topic by pointing out that we are all exposed to stress in our lives and are surrounded by stressors that can affect us mentally, spiritually, socially, and physically.
After sharing a listing of ‘Stress score and Life events’, such as bereavement, moving house, changing job, etc., Platt-McDonald provided a document giving references and resources that help a person look at their own ‘Life change unit score’.
Moving on to how different personality types respond to the same stressors in different ways, she then used the story of Elijah (1 Kings 19) to illustrate how the stressors affected his behaviour, emotions, and outlook on life and how God addressed his need.
Platt-McDonald concluded by encouraging all to follow the ABC steps to address stress according to their personality type and shared a number of Bible passages which show that God wants us to be “resting from stressing”.
Adrian Peck, district pastor from the South England Conference, started by stating that “You can only conclude that shame is brilliant!” He pointed out that it is very different from guilt, which leads us to see what we have done wrong and opens the door for forgiveness; shame leads us to feel that we are wrong and no matter what we do, we cannot make ourselves anything but wrong. Stuck with its consequences, shame causes us to look inwards with loathing and hatred at how wrong we are, and the result is the destruction of relationships.