Burn out. Sometimes to the extreme!

How we spend our time 2.17

As a pastor’s wife, I often find myself with a planner close at hand. I buy a new one every year, and I always make sure it is a pretty one, because I look at it so much. Evenings during the week and weekends get full months in advance, and we spend a lot of time driving from place to place discussing what task we have to accomplish next.

It’s when I end up getting sick and sleeping as soon as I sit down on the couch that I realize that I am suffering from that nasty thing that likes to creep up on us all, especially this time of the year.

Burn out. Sometimes to the extreme!

How about you? Do you and your husband just find yourselves completely out of energy? So tired that sleeping at night, even for an ample amount of time, doesn’t seem to be enough? I hear you, because I totally relate!

I have had to learn the true understanding of “resting in the Lord” since going into the ministry. Because if it was all up to me, I would have skipped many Wednesday nights because I was too tired to give of myself to the teens we minister too, because I would have felt like I had nothing left to give. There would have been more activities where I would have complained a lot more (I do tend to complain, something I am working on!), and there would have been way more fights between my husband and I about changed schedules, missed opportunities, and sacrifices to be made.

Pretty much I would be a way nastier person!

So here are a couple of verses to help you when you are just too tired and too burnt out, to give you hope and encouragement just as the Lord promises us He will give!

Everyone knows Phillippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” And this is a great verse, it really is. But to go even farther in the thought of the Lord giving us his strength, let’s look at another verse.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Oh man is that a great encouragement when we are exhausted! It doesn’t just say that He will give us his strength, it says that we will be renewed. And wow, aren’t there days where we just need to be renewed? And there aren’t always days when we can soak in a nice hot bath with bubbles and candles (Going to try and pencil that into my weekend, I think!), and in those times, the Lord will provide us with the strength we need to get through the day. And his strength will allow us to not be weary, and not grow faint. We just need to have hope, and trust Him to do that for us! And because He loves us so much, He will! This verse is a promise!  They will is written three times in that one verse! Not may, not might. They will. That’s great news!

Another great verse to lean on is from Matthew 11:28-30, which says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

I am sure that we have all heard this verse a lot. I unfortunately have heard it more at funerals than on Sunday morning. And in the world we live in today, how important could this verse be for Christians and their families? How often do we do things just to do them? How wisely do we spend our time? Society says that we are lazy if we take time off to rest and recharge. It says that we need to do things and see things and buy things and experience things to be full, happy, healthy people. And we buy it! I buy it!

And then Jesus calls to us in our hearts, softly and sweetly. His words tells us that He will give us grace and forgiveness, that we don’t need to worry about anything, that we can give everything, everything to Him, and that He will take care of them all. My question is why in the world do we not take advantage of this every single day? We stress ourselves out. Jesus’s burden is light, and we all know that the burdens of the world are unbearable heavy. We are anxious, and Jesus says that He is gentle and humble in heart. He will take care of us. We never stop moving. Jesus tells us to go to him when we are too tired to go on. He will give us rest.

I don’t know about you, but these were things I needed to hear even today! There are many more verses in Scripture about rest and peace and how God provides them for us. We just need to cling to Him and trust in His all sufficient grace to get us through whatever it is life throws our way! He knows it all, and wants to love us through it! Memorize these words so that you can recall them whenever you might need them, and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you!

~Kate

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