How do I deal with burnout?
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Burnout. The very expression seems to make us sigh, doesn’t it? In this fast- paced, overworked world, most of us have felt the tiring numbness of burnout. How should a believer in Christ respond to these feelings?
Surrender. You may think this means to throw up your hands and cry, “I give up!” But that is not what we must do. Rather, we should surrender everything we have to the Lord. His hands are large enough to hold anything we need Him to handle. Remember what God says: “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host” (Is. 45:12). When we try to keep everything in our puny hands, we will eventually start dropping it all.
Depend on Him. Have you ever relinquished a concern to the Lord, only to find yourself trying to pull it back out of His hand? We tend to want to fix things ourselves. The truth is, however, that only God has both the power and perspective to bring all matters to their proper conclusion (Rom. 11:33–36). When we try to take things back from Him, we only interfere with the solution He wants to bring about.
Trust Him. Do not overlook this vital point: God loves you! Because of His great love, God wants to take care of you—and that means He wants to handle all of your worries (Matt. 6:25–34).
God does not want you to run yourself into exhaustion, even by doing “good deeds” or “church work.” Instead, He desires that you rest in Him (Matt. 11:29, 30). You may have reached the end of your rope, but God never will:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Is. 40:28–31)
Are you burning out? If so, return to the Flame and be rekindled today.
Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.
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