The Two Types of Stress

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

– Ephesians 2:10

There is actually clinical research to support what I’m about to share, but I also believe it is a scriptural principle that stress in life can be divided into two categories. Distress is the first type. This is the kind of stress that causes you to break down, crumble, give up, and quit. Then there’s the second type, called eustress, which is the Greek word for good or positive. This is not the kind of stress that breaks you, it’s the kind that makes you better, even though it hurts. Eustress is defined as a healthy and stimulating kind and level of stress — one that boosts motivation, focus, and drive. 

According to clinical research, the difference between distress and eustress is in how you view stress. Interestingly, perception creates reality in this instance. When you have a positive view of stress, it will usually be positive for you. If you view stress negatively, it will cause a negative experience for you. Most people have a less than favorable view of stress; in fact, our society seems to have become allergic to it! This is why when I say we need more stress, everyone tends to laugh.

Friend, today I ask you to consider that there is a different sort of stress that you can embrace in your life. This is the kind that’s required in order to grow, build, and be formed into who God wants you to be. Your Heavenly Father cheers you on and will reward you for your faithful endurance as you press forward. He will strengthen you though good stress as He continually establishes His plans and purposes for your life. 


Father, help me to walk through the good stress in order to become the person you created me to be.


In what ways is God establishing His purposes and plans in your life?

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2 Responses

  1. Yes two kinds of stress. Important not to medicate all stress without understanding the difference and it can render people almost robotic. I’ve learned to lean on God to know that all stress isn’t bad. It leads to growth. Amen!

  2. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
    Romans 8:28 NKJ

    Distress is transformed into Eustress!

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