DAY 3: Wednesday, April 15
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Being in the area of mental health produces challenges. As we try to care for others, we have the challenge of trying to care for ourselves. We teach others about self-care that we are not practicing. We are human. We worry. We have doubt in our abilities. Our strategies fall short in preparing us for heartbreak. We face life’s questions and doubt creeps in about whether we have the ability to help. Our hearts hurt. The evil one wants us to believe all of our deeds are without purpose because we cannot “fix” anything.
So, we use the resources we have and remind ourselves that God has put us in these positions to redirect, accept, and encourage. Not “fix.” God is in charge. Not us. It is okay to struggle.
For those of you in the mental health field, remember that we are servants of God. We can be scared; however, we have to trust that God will hear our prayers. Because He does. He will give us the courage to know that He supports us. He will give us strength and knowledge. He has purpose for us as His servants. We are doing good, one small deed at a time.
Lord, please help us to realize that everything we do for YOU today is because YOU put us here. Please help all mental health workers who are trying to help those that are underprivileged. Please help the families we serve find peace in YOU. Grant us clarity and the ability to make good decisions for them and for ourselves. Thank you for the opportunity to serve YOU. Amen.
- Take time to make a list of affirmations. Instead of focusing on what you think you cannot do, focus on what you can do, or what you are getting better at doing.
- Listen to Disappear by Bebo Norman
Rely on the Truth of these experiences to trust Him today.
By Holly Lichtsinn, MSW, LCSW
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