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Summary: Life is filled with pressure cooker moments that could lead to an explosion. So it is imperative that we learn how to manage the pressure cooker moments in life.

Pressure Cooker

Thesis: Life is filled with pressure cooker moments that could lead to an explosion. So it is imperative that we learn how to manage the pressure cooker moments in life.

Video Illustration: From Back stage Patty- She talks about how she is under tremendous pressure.

Introduction:

Today I want to talk about the pressure cooker times we face in life. So I want to compare these times to a pressure cooker.

To understand how a pressure cooker works, you need to know just a little about physics. Simply put, water boils at 212o Fahrenheit. At this point, no matter how long you continue to boil, it always stays the same temperature. As the water evaporates and becomes steam it is also the same temperature, 212o F.

The only way to make the steam hotter (and/or to boil the water at a higher temperature) is to put the system under pressure. This is what a pressure cooker does. If we fit an absolutely tight cover to the pan so no steam can escape while we continue to add heat, both the pressure and temperature inside the vessel will rise. The steam and water will both increase in temperature and pressure, and each fluid will be at the same temperature and pressure as the other…

Pressure cookers are especially designed cookware of aluminum or stainless steel. All models have a lock-on lid and a vent or pressure relief valve. Information from http://missvickie.com/workshop/howdoesit.html

It’s important to understand that if a pressure cooker’s pressure relief valve fails to release the built up pressure within the cooker could explode causing serious damage. So it becomes important in cooking and in life that we understand how to manage the pressure that mounts with going through these pressure cooker times. We must learn what to do and how to release the pressure when it comes to pressure cooker periods in life.

Today in our society we have many people on any given day going through and extremely pressure cooker time. People are under tremendous stress, and under tremendous pressure to do so many different things. We have people today suffering from nervous breakdowns, suicide, road rage, irrational thinking processes, drug addiction, alcohol addictions that have led many to get to the point of exploding because they have not learned to release the pressures that have built up in their lives. But in the book of Proverbs we have a passage of Scripture which sheds wisdom on how we should deal with pressure and how to deal with relationships that get pressurized by the things of life.

Here are just a few things that create pressure cooker situations:

Crunched for time

Stress filled jobs

No quiet time in life

No days of rest

Conflicts in relationships

Strife in relationships

Lies

Financial debt

Sinful lifestyle

Marriage relationships

Family relationships

Church relationships

Over commitment

Legalism

Poor decision making

Scripture: Proverbs 17 (quickview)  has select verses that will teach us how to relieve and manage the pressures of life during the pressure cooker times.

Proverbs 17:1 (quickview)  (NIV)


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