Sermon Illustrations

Dr. Thomas Holman at the University of Washington in Seattle did a study some years ago with his colleagues. They developed a “life’s events scale” where they determined a numerical value for the different things in life that cause us stress.

The loss of a spouse = 100 pts.

Divorce = 73

Getting pregnant = 46

Even Christmas = 12 just anticipating Christmas.

They concluded that if your points equaled 300 at any given time, you would be impacted either physically or psychologically within a 2 year period. This load of stress does not dissipate.