Amber bought me a book called Mad Church Disease. It is about the burnout epidemic in ministry, yet Anne Jackson has given some great advice for all people.
One area that she talks about in the epilogue is Sabbath. Here is a great excerpt…
The New Testament often uses the word rest to describe the good news of grace and salvation proclaimed in Jesus Christ (see, for example, Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:2-3). So the Sabbath doesn’t just signify a day of rest but defines why we are able to rest, and should rest, because of the connection to the Gospel. Salvation itself begins in rest – knowing Jesus has already accomplished perfection in His life and death. We can only truly rest by realizing we have been made complete in Jesus Christ. The Sabbath isn’t only referring to one particular day in the seven days of the week. It also points to our entering into God’s eternal rest, where kingdom work has already been accomplished…
If you think that wanting to keep busy all the time is a product of modern-day technology, take a look at what the prophet Isaiah declared:
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.”
Even thousands of years ago, mankind refused the beautiful gift of rest. Why do we always prefer the opposite? In fact, please allow me the liberty of flipping this verse into its opposite form.
“In rebellion and work is your demise,
in noisiness and distrust is your weakness,
and you will have it all the time.”
Why do those words ring so true?
Because we are believing lies!
We believe lies that tell us that our worth is in our productivity. We believe lies that say you can’t trust anybody with your problems. We are so tempted by the glitz and glamour of sacrifice and doing things for Christ that we ignore the work Christ has already done in us. We allow false humility and large egos to drive us into eighty-hour weeks and an unholy commitment to self-reliance.
I have realized that I have been on the edges of burnout. The Lord has been gracious to me and has allowed an amazing counselor to speak great Truth in my heart. Amber has also been an incredible friend and encourager in this process.
How have you dealt with burnout?
What have you learned?
What resources have helped you?
I will try to continually post on this subject and what I am learning.