Tuesday February 21, 2017
by Joan Webb
Our Tireless God
Daniel 6:26-27: "He is the living God and he endures forever; He rescues and he saves."
This week I read the true stories of a lifeguard who saved a toddler from drowning, a nurse who performed CPR on a heart attack patient, and a passing motorist who interceded for an elderly mugging victim. These rescuers stepped in to save another person from danger or death. There is a good kind of rescuing.
But some of us are unhealthy rescuers. We believe lies that include the following: * Other people are incapable of helping themselves adequately, so I must do it for them. * I should try to fix or change someone when he/she is sad, disappointed or angry. * It is my personal responsibility to keep all things on an even keel for my family and friends. * I am responsible for my family members' happiness and satisfaction. My contentment depends on theirs.
Unnecessary rescuing causes exhaustion and propels us to the edge of burnout. We can learn to change the way we help others, leaving the "saving" to a tireless and compassionate God.
Lord, teach me the difference
between healthy and unhealthy helping.
I'm bone tired.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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