Let’s face it. There comes a point in our lives wherein, whether in our work, in our service or in our relationships, the flame that once was burning loud seems to be fizzling out. It may come in the form of easily getting tired most days of the week, like you’re not getting enough sleep, becoming irritable in your interpersonal relationships, adopting a glass half-empty attitude, or even lack of productivity and poor performance, resulting in incomplete projects and an ever-growing to-do list. If these signs are all too familiar, read on. You might just be burning out.
But here’s the good news: to a great extent, burnout is a state of mind. The sense of feeling burdened or free at any given time usually has less to do with the workload itself and more to do with our own emotional state. So, hit the pause button on the busy-ness of life today, rest if you must, but more importantly, refuel:
“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” – Matthew 11: 28-30
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40: 28-31
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I” – Psalm 61:2
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanks, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippinas 4: 6-7
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
Happy resting and give the Spirit the chance to fan your flame this weekend. You’ll never know what He has in store. Remember: what must give off light must endure burning.