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What is burnout?
I guess it’s when we give out more than we take in. We’re expending more energy than we’re taking in.
How does that happen?
It happens when we rely on our own strength to save the day.
It happens when we think we’re the only one who can do the job.
It happens when we think it’s all on our shoulders.
It happens when we carry the weight of the world instead of casting all our burdens onto Jesus.
There is actually no reason for a Christian to ever burnout.
If we could live full time in that place of rest, where there is perfect peace and joy and trust and provision, and just rest in God’s arms of love and let Him carry us, then there is no burnout.
Our spirits are renewed each morning. We are commanded to constantly be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit in us is to be a flowing fountain, a constant source of life.
We feel the burnout physically, but it starts somewhere else.
It starts with stress. What is stress? It’s our response to pressure.
I like to say that if a Christian is full of the Spirit, then when they are squeezed, Jesus should ooze out.
Too often it’s frustration, anger, complaining, or anything but Jesus. That’s where the burnout comes in.
That stress is literally trying to kill your body. A little stress can get you motivated and moving, but it’s not a sustainable force of productivity. It ends with a crash.
The only sustainable life is life in Christ. Although God designed our bodies to rest, we can also see a distinct lack of physical rest in the life of Christ and Paul.
What we see in Christ is a purposeful drawing near to God overnight, when we would think we need to physically rest.
Yes, Jesus got tired, so tired He could sleep in a storm on a boat. It’s not that we’re not in bodies, we are. But they can be submitted to God and we can live above them.
Our senses, our feelings, don’t direct our paths. God does. He’s not trying to kill you by any demand He puts on you. He’s got a great plan, so let’s commit to letting Him carry it out and carry us along the way.