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The Cure For Being Burned Out

Have you ever been burned out?

If I had to guess, you have.  In fact, if we were all honest with ourselves, we would all admit to times of burnout.  Of course, as the great American philosopher, Neil Young, wrote “it’s better to burn out than fade away.”

Burnout is a time of exhaustion and disinterest in work.  There seem to be a lot factors, both coming directly from one’s work and one’s personal life playing a part in whether one is suffering from burn out.

It’s a sad situation to be burned out.  It’s even sadder to suffer from burnout within one’s faith.  I’ve seen a few people suffer from it.  I’ve even been a victim of it.  I’ve also come to a conclusion or two.

It’s totally unnecessary.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the one of Isaiah’s call in Isaiah 6.  In that chapter, Isaiah sees the seraphim flying around looking praising God on His throne.  These creatures are incredible.  They are on fire as they circle our Lord.

They neither burn up or burn out.  Why?  They are in service to the Lord.  They receive their power to worship and serve the Lord from the Lord.  That’s incredible, isn’t it?

Too many of us try to serve the Lord in our own power.  We think we can handle it.  We believe we’re strong and have what it takes to get the job done on our own.

What if we flipped the script?  What if we truly were dependent on God for the power to serve?  What if we followed the Father in the same way that Christ did?  What if we walked in the Spirit through every day of our lives?

None of us would ever suffer from the burnout that too many of us allow to creep into our lives.  We would accomplish more for the kingdom precisely because we weren’t trying to accomplish more for the kingdom.

Have you ever suffered from burnout in the Church?

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  1. February 22, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I suffered burnout from the church. But also my own stupidity.

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