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I work in the emergency room of our local hospital, and to be honest, I'm about burned out. I get very discouraged because most of the people who come here are here because of their own bad decisions—too much drinking, drugs, fighting, you name it. We patch them up, but two weeks later they're back. Why bother? Should I change careers?


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I don’t know if you should change careers, of course; only God knows what is best for you in the future. Have you asked Him to guide you? I hope you won’t lose sight of the fact that your job is a very important one. Yes, I know it can be discouraging to see people who never seem to learn from their bad decisions (pastors and other counselors face the same problem, incidentally). But not everyone is like this. Some people do learn—and every week you also help people who are the victims of accidents or illnesses they didn’t cause. In other words, don’t look only at the negative side of your job, but at the positive side, too.

Let me suggest you also examine your life, to see if you’re letting your job burden you too much. Do you get enough exercise? Have you learned to relax and get away from your responsibilities? In the midst of almost overwhelming demands on His time, Jesus told His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31). We aren’t machines; God knows that we need times of rest. In addition, see your job as a gift from God. Yes, it may change in time—but in the meantime, ask God to help you be faithful. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

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12 Comments

  1. Magnus says:

    I hope this man learns to cope with his work and also relax. It is very easy to advice him to get a different job. But it could be even better if he learns to live with it for the blessing of others. This world needs Christian compassionate doctors. I think Billy Graham answers the question well.

  2. Marceen Peters says:

    As I can relate to job burn out, for me just from corporate restructure over recent years, Billys advice makes total sense. I love how simple it is when we use practical wisdom. Thank you. I already feel my burden lifted! I Thank The Lord for you! Romans 8:28

  3. Thierry says:

    I’m also a male nurse for 40 years and I also feel burn out .I work in home care and the the new rules and paper work are overwhelming. So much that I feel depressed .I still trust the Lord that I am where He wants me now, and I have to hold on till he lead me somewhere else. I’m just trying to find peace with Jehova.Shalom but it’s not easy keep praying

  4. Pat Jackson says:

    My Father lead me in the right direction.

  5. Cynthia Drake says:

    Thank you for this. I too have been feeling burnt out by my job and very discouraged. I am a Head Start teacher and I love working with, teaching and fellowshipping with the children and their families. But the ever increasing administrative load – an unbelievable amount of paperwork I am expected to somehow get through in the one hour the children nap and the 45 minutes after they leave school – is killing me. I felt so sad and discouraged today but this message spoke directly to my heart, telling me that God cares enough about my petty little troubles to reach across the gulf between His World and this one and encourage and touch me – through you. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

  6. Angelina Garnica says:

    God bless you for your words of encouragement Some times we leave Jesus out of the work place and Jesus should be there too.

  7. Matius says:

    My opinion may be it your opportunity to witness the love of Christ or encourage those patient to change their way of life.

  8. George Nyanchoka says:

    YES I TOO HAD SUCH A MOTIVE BUT WHEN I REALISED AND CHANGED AND STARTED TO LOVE MY WORK WHATEVER LITTLE IT WAS…I HAVE SEEN A GREAT CHANGE.

  9. Carlene Shaffer says:

    Do you still want to be in the medical field? If not, try something different. I used to work for a law firm that specialized in adoptions, real estate, corporate planning, and estate planning. It was a rewarding job. Perhaps you would enjoy that.

  10. Liz says:

    A friend in the health care field also experienced burn out. She asked God for direction and within a few months our church has asked her to be our church nurse. God hears and answers our prayers!