God, Work, and Frustration

Living-FreeFor Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Cor. 5:14,15 (NIV)

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No doubt about it…medicine is rapidly changing. And change always causes frustration. For some time, we have experienced dropping reimbursement, the imposition of increasingly complex electronic health records, and the looming threat of increased government regulations within medicine.

The practice of medicine is nothing like it was 25 years ago.

Add to that ongoing high patient expectations as well as the constant underlying threat of legal action…and it’s easy to understand why many are increasingly frustrated in the practice of medicine.

Yet this is where the faith of Christian physician can shine.

We experience frustration as we lose control in our profession.

But as Paul reminds us in today’s verse…we have already given up control.

When we came to faith in Christ, we gave our lives to Him. We no longer should live for ourselves…but for Him.

We live for Him by releasing control to Him.

God calls us to release control to Him because it gives us freedom. It is completely counterintuitive…it doesn’t make logical sense. But as we release control of our lives, even our professional lives, we no longer experience the same worry, and the same frustrations.

We recognize God is in control and that we can trust Him.

Control brings pressure…release of control brings freedom.

But releasing control is difficult.

Most of us in medicine are driven…driven to derive our sense of worth, significance and security from our professional lives. That drivenness expresses itself as desire for control, and as our ability to control lessens, we experience frustration…even anger.

As we gradually rely on the Lord for our worth, significance and security, our need for control lessens. And as our need for control lessens…our frustrations lessen. This allows us to give off the aroma of Christ by handling the changes in medicine with grace and love.

Feeling frustrated?

Remember who is ultimately in control of your life…and trust in His provision for you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to fully derive my sense of worth, significance and security from You, so that I may fully surrender my life to You.

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