Today is the last day in the BURNED OUT theme. We have looked at people in the Bible who fought against Burn Out (and consequently we, Christians even of this generation, benefited), and we have addressed what to do to avoid Burn Out as well as how to handle it when you find smack in the middle of it. Today, we will look at some practical ways to give yourself rest when in the middle of Burn Out.
It's an uncomfortable feeling...lacking the energy and enthusiasm you once had for ministry. Feeling disconnected and removed from the joy that you once felt. When the sense of obligation supercedes your sense of purpose and joy. It's no secret that ministry is hard.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV)
The Bible is clear that there will be troubles in this life. Sometimes those troubles get the better of us. What can we do when we find ourselves spiritually, mentally, and/or physically exhausted as a result of ministry Burn Out? Below are some suggestions:
Certainly, there are countless other things to do when you find yourself in Burn Out. Seeking out a trusted leader is the best way to begin. Most importantly, quiet yourself and allow God to speak to your heart so you know the next step to take and when.
Devotional written by Mandy.