Stress is Good?

If I have learned only one thing from care-giving, it is this: There is a lot of stress!!  I’ve read that whenever there is change, stress becomes attached to it.  In care-giving there are many changes.  Your client is no longer the same, whether the change is physical or behavioral.  As you care for your clients, the changes affect you family, friends, and even your church family because you yourself are changing.   You’re sometimes tired, grumpy, and worried, and these attributes begin to become part of your daily attitude.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”(Luke 12: 25-26)  God uses the stresses of life for His good purpose.  Stress was laced throughout the lives of Paul and Silas.  For instance, Paul and Silas were wrongfully beaten and imprisoned, yet they were content to stay where they were when an earthquake opened their prison doors.  They used this opportunity to share with the jailer the Good News that those who believe in Jesus as their Savior shall not perish but have eternal life.

The joy of the Gospel will always take the sting out of stress even on a caregiver’s worst day.  His steadfast love endures forever!

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them for their distress…  For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.  Psalm 107: 6,9