I am reading a great book by Wayne Cordeiro called Leading on Empty.
As he is documenting his own experience with burnout, Wayne makes a profound statement on self expectations.
I knew others loved me, but living up to the expectations systematically ingrained into the fabric of who I was became the person I could not escape.
Have you ever been in this place? You know that many others love you, yet your own expectations are hounding you like a grizzly bear that has turned you into its prey.
Here is one of the warning signs that your own self expectations are driving you to the point burnout. If others can notice the work of the Lord in your life, yet your first reaction is, “If you only knew….,” or “Thanks, but…”
I not trying to say that you should try and become full or your self. In fact, it is the opposite. You need to cultivate a disposition of gratitude. Ask God to show you all the things to be grateful for. Ask Him to open your eyes to all of the blessing He has put in your life.
Again, I am not trying to have a “head in the clouds” mentality. What I am saying is that many times we can implode on ourselves, instead of focusing on the Lord and thanking Him for all He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.