In the ABC hit show Scandal Jeff Perry plays the role of Cyrus Beene. Cyrus is the White House chief of staff who is famous for his rants and raves. The stress level that he endures as President Grant’s right hand person is already extremely high but in Cyrus’ attempt to make sure that everything goes just right he often blows a gasket. (http://abc.go.com/shows/scandal/blogs/scandal-sheet/cyrus-beene-best-rants). The culmination of this stress, intense desire to succeed, work a holic syndrome, micro managing details and managing President Grant’s relationships was a heart attack.
As we look at Cyrus Beene and realize that he is a fictional character whose rants and raves are over the top, the reality is many of us readily recognize glimpses of our own behavior and related stress in the life of Cyrus. We have all experienced times where dealing with co-workers can be annoying, dealing with children can provoke you to lose your temper, and when you have been working toward a big event you can be exacerbated to the point of giving up when other team mates are not pulling their weight. Life events including graduating, getting married, getting divorced, moving, and many other life events can cause stress in our lives.
“Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. (The Mayo Clinic)”
I just do not see this as the life God has designed for us.
Paul teaches us in Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NRSV)
The life events that would stress us need to be taken to God in prayer if we want to experience peace. We are encouraged to give thanks for the nuisances, disappointments and annoyances that could cause debilitating stress. We need to seek God’s wisdom and voice for guidance when we are not sure what to do next.
Next time you see someone stressing and going overboard in expressing their frustration simply say “Don’t go all Cyrus on me” or “Don’t worry about this, God’s got this