Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5 Ways to Overcome Burnout

Because every fire loses its flame sometimes.

1. Fast.

Fast? I know what you're thinking. "Aren't we talking about being burnt out? If I was in the mood to fast, I wouldn't be here."

Not so fast, ok. (hehe..."fast")

Jesus said, it's not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Well, it's not the ones who are on fire who need to fast, it's the burnt out.

Fasting has a way of humbling us and putting us in position to receive from God. It changes our perspective to see what God truly offers us each day. Depriving your body of food forces you to literally rely on Jesus for strength and joy.

“Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
(Joel 2:12 NKJV)

2. Repent.

Repent? I can probably guess how you feel about this blog post right about now.

But seriously. Maybe we aren't growing because we can't find much wrong with where we're at right now. Burnout comes from being in one place too long, and the only way to move forward in your relationship with Christ is to admit you're just not content with your current sinful ways.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)

3. Do a "religion" check.

Religion comes in all shapes and sizes. Repeating phrases you don't mean, going to church because you think it saves you or posting something on Facebook because it seems deep.

Well, our religiousness isn't just annoying our Facebook friends, it's wearing us out. God wants us to destroy all the boxes we've put Him in and allow Him to reveal Himself beyond what we imagine.

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

4. Serve.

I guess I should start by saying- Congratulations on making it to number 4 of what could've also been titled: "The 5 worst things to tell someone who's burnt out." But, don't leave yet!

Sure, serving can be the very thing that caused us to get overwhelmed in the first place. But some of the stress could be avoided if we check the posture of our hearts. When we legitimately serve the Lord, we won't burn out.

The difference between working as if you are working for the Lord and working just to get the job done is like the difference between being tired because you had an amazing workout and being tired because you pulled an all-nighter and ate junk food all night.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

(Colossians 3:23-24)

5. Un-stimulate.

I have to be real with myself. If I can't sit down and study my word or listen to a nice, calm worship set without being distracted and nearly freaking out, I know my mind is totally over-stimulated.

It's time for me to slow down, unplug and allow the Lord to comfort me and guide me with His peace. It's really the least I could do.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-22)

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