How to Beat Burnout – The Jesus Way
Sometimes I feel like I’ve just got nothing left to give. Brain won’t move. Legs won’t walk. Voice won’t speak. Or at least it feels that way for anything that has to do with that area of ministry that’s been sucking the life out of me.
Felt anything like that before? Well, good news. You’re certainly not alone. And you can do something about it.
Learn from the Perfect Human
As Christians we follow and worship Jesus. But there’s so much we can learn from Him on a more general level as well. Cos guess what? Jesus never got burnt out! Why?
Check this out…
“In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.” Mark 1:35
“Now it happened in those days that he went onto the mountain to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12
“After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23
Ok, so you get the idea. Jesus got away from it all a bunch of times to recharge in prayer. To spend time with His Heavenly Father. And if time alone with God was necessary for Jesus, second person of the Trinity, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s essential for us created beings!
Too often I get caught up in life. I get to the end of the day, realise I haven’t spent time alone with God and just hit the pillow in exhaustion, not awake enough to recognise that I need the energy that prayer will give. Sometimes it’s days, weeks, and I hate to admit, even months before I realise I haven’t taken that time.
Don’t let that be you! Seriously!
- Schedule time in.
- Set reminders on your phone.
- Wake up earlier.
- Quit following endless trails of youtube related vids.
Whatever it takes – get alone with God!
Only do what you are meant to do
And then there’s this thing Jesus said:
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Matthew 15:24
Now, of course, we all know Jesus came for more than just the Israelites, otherwise you and I would not be His followers today. And that quote itself comes from a story where Jesus ended up healing someone who was not Jewish. But almost everything Jesus did as a human walking the earth was with and for Jewish people. It was His disciples who got landed the job of making “disciples of all nations”.
I might also add that He certainly had the power to smack up the Romans and hand the land titles of a physical kingdom back to His Jewish people on a silver platter. But He didn’t. He stayed the course. Stuck to the mission. Did only ‘the will of the one who sent me’.
So what’s your mission? What are you here for? What’s the will of the one who sent you?
Just do that. And chuck everything else in a ‘round-to-it’ pile that you can sort through every once in a while to see if they’ve aligned with your ‘main thing’.
Last little tip
You’ll likely discover over time that I really like a lot of the stuff this bloke in the States, Michael Hyatt has to say about intentional leading and living. He recorded a podcast: “What the internet is doing to our brains (and what we can do about it)”. As it turns out the “what we can do about it” for internet overdose also works to help get and stay “un-burnt out”.
Now I know this is just a blog and you’re probably skimming through it. But if burnout is something that’s got you before, or it looks like it’s at your doorstep, PLEASE do yourself the favour of going here, then:
- Download the podcast episode
- Save it to your phone or iPod
- Listen to the thing
- And take steps to implement what he suggests
It will be worth it! I promise!
Question: What are you called to do? What do you need to change to invest your energy more exclusively into this? You can comment by clicking here.