Recently, I read a fascinating article describing the most stressful jobs in the country. They basically described the five most stressful, but they also listed numbers 6-10. Then they listed the ten least stressful jobs.
Would you like to know the most stressful? Their top five were soldiers, firefighters, airline pilots, event coordinators, and public relations executives.
It would be hard to argue with the stress experienced by soldiers and firefighters. The attention to detail demanded for airline pilots seems to fit as well.
What was also interesting was the bottom ten jobs for stress. They rated audiologists as the least stressful position.
What can we say about stress?
First, life is stressful. It’s not the job that’s stressful; it’s life. People without jobs experience stress. For many people, they relax on the job and experience stress at home.
Second, stress can be good. Who would want a job without a challenge? Every time I preach, I experience stress. I don’t think of the stress as a bad thing; I think of it as good. My stress helps me bring more passion and emphasis to my preaching.
A couple of years ago I viewed an interview with Carol Channing the actress. They asked her about stress. She answered: “Stress is fertilizer to the brain.” In other words, she meant that her stress helped her remember her lines and perform beyond her normal capacity.
Third, the most important thing about stress is how you handle it. Five years ago, the miracle on the Hudson happened when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger overcame his stress and deftly put his plane down in the Hudson River–without the loss of life.
The question for us is not what’s stressful, but how will we react when we do experience stress?
I find great strenght by knowing that I belong to Christ, that He never forsakes me, and that I can trust Him. I find blessings in beginning my day with God and turning the day over to Him.
Where do you find help with your stress?
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