Anyone seen the latest Disney phenomenon, Encanto? Anyone had ‘We don’t talk about bruno’ on repeat in their brain for weeks on end? It’s not uncommon for me to strut into my kitchen chanting ‘five-foot frame, rats along his back…’

I must stop. Otherwise, I’ll type out the entire lyrics.

That isn’t what I wanted to talk about in this blog, though. It’s the other corker of a tune from that film. ‘Surface pressure’ is a number sang by the protagonist’s sister, Luisa, who has super strength. An ability that encourages people to ask her for every task around the Columbian-inspired village where the film is set. The sequence of the song sees Luisa run off her feet doing this and that. Watch it for yourself.

But, what was really striking is the song’s lyrics. They are incredibly relatable for anyone in the modern working world, or even if you’re stay-at-home parent, or unemployed at the moment. It applies to modern society as a whole.

Under the surface

I feel berserk as a tightrope walker in a three-ring circus

Under the surface

Was Hercules ever like "Yo, I don't wanna fight Cerberus"?

Under the surface

I'm pretty sure I'm worthless if I can't be of service

A flaw or a crack

The straw in the stack

That breaks the camel's back

What breaks the camel's back it's

Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that'll never stop, whoa

Pressure that'll tip, tip, tip 'till you just go pop, whoa

Anyone else ever feel like that? I do! Just last week, I thought I was going to pop with the pressure of several tasks in and out of my working life. What was going to send me over the edge? It was the internet not working. LOL. Classic wi-fi rage.

However, in praying about it, do you know what I realised? The pressure, while external to an extent, the majority of it was coming from me. Quite often, I find that the pressure for a positive result out of whatever I’m doing takes over my whole perspective. I stop enjoying what I’m doing. I start seeing things as chores rather than blessings. All because I’ve exaggerated the external pressure in my mind and so most of the pressure becomes internal.

It reminds me of a time when I was playing netball in my teenage years. I had joined a better team and I was younger and less experienced than most of the players. I remember one of the older girls saying to me ‘I think you’re putting more pressure on yourself than any of us are putting on you.’

Fast forward about twelve years and I’m still doing the same thing. It’s been a big learning curve.

Let’s stop with all the pressure we put on ourselves. Some pressure and urgency are good. But too much makes us miss the point of what we’re doing and why. If we let the pressure go, and in faith give it to God, it’s pretty liberating.

Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” - John 10:10