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Survival Guide: Strategies to Identify, Manage and Avoid Burnout

So how are you doing, really?

Let’s take a quiz.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23 NASB

Do you serve:
a) Because it’s your heart’s desire.
b) From as much obligation as desire.
c) Out of commitment or guilt.

Which of the best describes your current relationship with God?
a) I love connecting with Him throughout the day.
b) I keep Bible reading and prayer on my list because I know it’s important.
c) I really don’t have one.

Let the words of my mout and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NASB

How many of your conversations last month revolving around your ministry were not in line with the above verse?
a) Very few
b) A bit more than I care to say
c) My friends won’t listen to me complain anymore

By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Genesis 2:2b NASB

How often do you feel like you have a day of worship and rest?
a) Twice a month
b) Twice a quarter
c) What is this ‘day of rest’ you speak of?

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 NASB

What is your favorite day of the week?
a) Sunday (your day of worship)
b) Saturday (your day off)
c) Monday (because it is as far as you can get from the next Sunday)

How did we get here, exactly?

If you answered mostly Bs and Cs, you have to as the question: Where did you lose your edge? It doesn’t happen overnight or due to a single reason. Some frequent causes of burnout are:

  • If you have communicated the vision repeatedly and you cannot get people to work for it
  • Working with inverted priorities
  • Being so involved in the mechanics of a service that you can’t get anything out of it

Sometimes you will feel like you are the only one that is working hard. This feeling of isolation makes you vulnerable; everyone needs fellowship and community. Create a team of advisors, and be realistic: the quality of your work will not remain the same throughout the year. You will face ups and downs and you have to be okay with that. You don’t need to be on top all the time and it is normal to have some lows.

What you need to think about today

  • Make spiritual connections with others to help you in rough times.
  • Connect to God daily through prayer and Bible reading.
  • Watch your doctrine and your life closely.
  • Know that external things will affect your internal things.
  • Be willing to sacrifice for God in your giving, prayer and fasting.
  • Remember: Ministry is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Take care to show your love for God in your daily life.
  • Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

Putting things in perspective of eternity

The life we are living is just a warm-up for eternity. If your ministry is standing in the way of you having a loving relationship with your Father, then seriously consider scaling back in your ministry work. You cannot do something and ruin other important things. At the end of the day, it is about Jesus and your relationship with Him. You have to connect to Him and whatever you do should be according to His guidance.

Presented by Roger Blalock, speaker at WFX Dallas. Blalock serves as producer/lighting tech at Milestone Church, Keller TX.


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