4 Habits that Prevent Burnout

Prevent Burnout

 

Are you tired?  Are there some days when you’d like to disappear, rather than get out of bed to deal with your to-do list?   I must confess that I almost burned out on ministry.  I lost my passion and joy.  For a long time, I thought I had it all together.  I was juggling many responsibilities and doing it with flair.  But, one day those tasks started to get heavy – the weight of all that I was carrying became too much, but I still struggled to let go.  Everything seemed too important to surrender over to someone else, so I trudged on burdened down by own self-imposed expectations for ministry.

Looking back now, I see where I failed to make healthy choices about how I would use my time, talents, and treasure.  I invested in Kingdom business, but I did not invest in myself.  I forgot that I am important to the kingdom as well.  I am God’s holy temple, and I am called to be a steward of my physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being.

If I could sit down with 20 year old me, I would tell her that there are essential habits that will prevent ministry burn out.

I am so honored to be sharing over at Rebekah Hughes blog as part of her weekly Titus 2 Tips Series.

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Eyes Wide Open (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

Eyes Wide OpenPhoto Credit:  Hans Braxmeier, via Pixabay


A few months after our wedding, we were chatting about the adjustment of sleeping with a person who is your total opposite in temperament.  The conversation took place after dinner at the home of our friends and fellow newlyweds, Curtis and Monica.  My Bruce falls asleep the minute his head hits the pillow — he is in bed my 9:30, and up at 5 AM.  As a devoted and submissive wife, I wanted to follow my husband’s sleep pattern.  The problem was that I am a seasoned night owl.  Many nights, I found myself laying in bed for over an hour, tossing and turning.  After Bruce was snoring happily, I often sat up in bed to read.

I was whining about how well rested I was to our friends.  Since they’d married about a year before us, we were hoping that they had sage advice to offer on how to meld our sleep patterns.

Curtis is a creative type and night owl like me, so I wondered if he got up to work on projects after Monica drifted off into slumber.

Unlike my comatose, hard-working man, Monica is apparently a very light sleeper.  She is in tune with the noises and movements of her home.  If her husband twitched in the darkness of the bedroom under the covers, she would awaken.   No covert nocturnal operations were possible in that home.

Bruce is very amused by my sleep pattern because I am a bit of a cat napper.   I dislike going to sleep early, but I often drift in and out of slumber quite easily while we sit on the couch watching television.  I will actually drop my head and snore quite happily for a few minutes, and then he says I wake up and start typing on my laptop just as if I had never closed my eyes.

Sometimes I wonder if God is cat napping.  I mean, theologically, I understand that He is all-knowing and ever-present.  I know this in my heart of hearts.  But, then something heartbreaking happens to someone I love, and I wonder if maybe God wasn’t paying attention.  How could this tragedy have happened on His watch?

Tonight, I found a verse that encouraged my broken heart:

God keeps an eye on His friends,
His ears pick up every moan and groan.

Psalms 34:15, MSG

My Abba doesn’t drift off to sleep on the job.  He is in tune with my every noise and movement.  His eyes stay wide open every moment of my life.

Something to think about…

I am sharing “Eyes Wide Open” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word Wednesday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, A Group Look, Counting My Blessings, and Thriving Thursday.

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A Lifetime Guarantee (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

A Lifetime GuaranteePhoto Credit:  Copeland Photography


All day long today my left hand felt lighter.  This morning, I placed my wedding rings in the protective care of my husband — he volunteered to “take one for the team” and drive to the mall as the rings were overdue for their bi-annual inspection and cleaning.

I’ve never had such nice jewelry.  Marriage does have its perks!  I’ve worn those beautiful rings on my left hand every day for five years, and today just felt odd without them.  I missed their weight.

When I got home from work, I learned that the rings had not made it home from the mall.  My wedding set is on an extended vacation for two weeks because they need to be rhodium plated to prevent further yellowing.  I guess my white gold rings are kind of gold-plated.  It’s like a really expensive ring set from the Cracker Jacks box.

After church tonight, I sat down to read through Psalms and came across a passage that reminded me of what true treasure is:

God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
    with a lifetime guarantee…

God’s Word is better than a diamond,
    better than a diamond set between emeralds…  (Psalms 19:9-10, MSG)

God’s word is solid gold, girls.  Only the enemy gives counterfeit gifts from the Cracker Jacks box.

Something to think about…

I am sharing “Turning Point” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word Wednesday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, A Group Look, Counting My Blessings, and Thriving Thursday.

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