Work stress, pressure and anxiety

Dr Iain Jamieson is a General Practitioner (GP) in the NHS in Scotland. He has a specialty in mental health and addiction medicine and is involved in training new GPs and, as an appraiser, helping to support more experienced ones.

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” (Luke 9: 25).

What good indeed. I find myself reflecting on this passage often. One of the downsides about my job is the ever present risk of “getting it wrong” or “making a mistake”. Now these days that can mean jail time and instant dismissal never to practice again. These days it’s a risky time to be a doctor.

I’m not alone in this I suspect - pilots, train drivers, all those who manage uncertainty in an unpredictable world and who live under the shadow of “judgement in retrospect” (a much easier thing to do) are at the mercy of a society that must “blame” and “hold to account”.

So what can you do…

You can only be what you can be, the best you can be, with as good a heart as you can muster and trust God to do the rest. I think if I focus on the mission - to serve Christ as I best I can with all I have then I’m doing the right thing and what follows is in the plan, what follows is a gift even when it may not seem like it at the time.

This is a prayer for those who face judgment on every decision they make.


  • Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?

    Luke 9: 23-25
  • Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

    Philippians 4: 8
  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

    John 14: 27
  • Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
    the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
    if you offer your food to the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
    then your light shall rise in the darkness
    and your gloom be like the noonday.

    Isaiah 58: 9-10
  • The Lord will guide you continually,

    and satisfy your needs in parched places,

    and make your bones strong;
    and you shall be like a watered garden,
    like a spring of water,
    whose waters never fail.
    Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
    you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
    you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
    the restorer of streets to live in.

    Isaiah 58: 11-12


  • Deep breath in, deep breath out…

    Deep breath in, deep breath out…


    There is only you.

    The universe flows through the cross.

    There was before and there is after and there is that fixed point in the universe.

    Help me to keep my focus on that, that cross, that tragedy and that triumph

    You faced death and found it wanting

    How can I be any less

    With you beside me I can live life truly and freely

    With you to guide me I can walk with confidence

    There is no good to be found in the music of the whole world unless I sing in harmony with you.


    Deep breath in, deep breath out…

  • Timeless


    There has always been you

    And me

    And the universe around us

    We swim in time

    But you, are timeless

    You see all I have been

    You see all I am

    You see all I will be

    And still you love me


    And there are no words to say

    To one who is at God’s right hand, with angels and powers in submission to him

    But thank you

    Thank you.


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