Dealing With Burnout and Managing Your Energy

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August left me burned out and running on fumes. The reasons were many, like trying to deal with the pain and brokenness around me, a long to-do list, not enough rest, poor sleep, a prayer being answered for my one big thing, and issues at work. I was tapped out.

Why?

Because I tried to carry the load myself. I was so foolish.

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
Galatians 3:3

It seems to happen every year. It wasn’t that I thought I could do it without God. What it was is I was so busy I forgot I needed Him myself.

The Importance of Rest

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.
Mark 6:30-31

Doing God’s work is important, but to do it effectively we need rest and renewal. We can’t give what we don’t have.

That’s why Sabbath time is important. Our daily routines can get in the way of time with God. Guard that time. It’s unhurried time in rest and worship every week; a time to remember what God’s done and restore balance in our life.

A vital prayer life is important. Jesus often went alone to pray. Spending time with God in prayer nurtures our relationship with Him and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles.

Schedule a time where it’s just you and God. I am finding that the more I do, the more time I need with Him. Strength comes from God, and we can only be strengthened by spending time with Him. And we all know you have to make time because you’ll never find it.

How to Manage Your Energy

I asked one friend and mentor who had to defer me to another friend and mentor. It wasn’t their strength either. So I asked my other friend. First, she told me to know my limits which reminded me of this Coffee with Jesus strip. 

Then she said to ask them if I can pray for them. On days I don’t have a lot to give, ask them if I can pray for them before they get started really good.

We’re human and limited but serve an infinite and all-powerful God. The key is to stay connected to Him and connect others to Him.

What are your thoughts about this?

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