It’s a scientific fact. Stress causes memory loss. Researchers have determined that there is a chemical reaction in our brains when we are stressed that causes all kinds of problems, one being loss of memory. We can’t think straight when we’re under stress.
I doubt we needed a scientific study to come to that conclusion. All of us have experienced what stress can do, we forget what we were saying, we forget where we put things, or we forget why we went into a room. And as we get older it just seems to get worse. But we’ll talk about that another time!
We don’t function at our best when we’re under stress. Isn’t it nice when science confirms what God already told us? It should remind us that He has been in control all along and knows exactly how he designed us to function. He created us to handle a little bit of stress at a time.
Did you know that your body needs some stress? Your muscles need stress to get stronger and your brain needs some stress to trigger the release of chemicals that keep everything working smoothly. You also were given a special stress mechanism that allows you to escape dangerous situations quickly. But all those good forms of stress are sabotaged when we allow stress to control our lives.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
We were not designed to carry around stress and anxiety all the time. Instead, we need to heed the words of the Psalmist “I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”(Ps. 16:8)
When we get so tangled up in our worries and concerns, we do forget. We forget what’s important. Today, allow David’s psalm to remind you what’s important.
Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”