God’s help with burnout


by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.” (Romans 12:11-13, MSG)
We are revisiting our bible lesson from Sunday to help us seek out some vital steps to help us deal with burnout. So far we explored the three components of burnout — exhaustion, cynicism, loss of self-esteem — and the five stages of burnout — enthusiasm, stagnation, frustration, apathy, and intervention. Knowing what these are, and where you might be if you feel like you are burned out is important, because it sets you on the vital path of recovery and health.

Our text for today gives some timeless advice from the Bible for dealing with burnout. It can be boiled down to one word: connection. As you read the Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 12 about staying fueled and aflame, it begins by connecting with God through worship and prayer. God’s strength is limitless, and he wants to share his strength with you. This comes from acknowledging your own weaknesses, calling on God’s strength, and knowing that God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. This means that when you are weak, with God’s help, you can be strong. Connecting with God in worship and prayer is essential to stoke your flame and lean on God’s strength when you are weak.

This requires faith, and it’s connection with hope. Faith calls us to believe that God is working all things together for good for those who love hm, and that God who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. This requires faith in everyday life and circumstances, which gives you the fuel you need to face whatever comes your way in faith. Think of the faith and hope connection as your FUEL: Faith Used in Everyday Life.

You need to rely on God’s limitless strength, and not count on your own. You also need the people that God has given you to do life with. Together, keep that faith-hope connection burning to look at life through God’s lens. There are four great steps to overcoming burnout, which we will explore throughout the rest of the week.

Prayer: Dear Lord, it is eye-opening to recognize that I need to fight the temptation to withdraw when feeling burnout, because recovery begins in connected relationship. Help me to turn to you for strength through worship and prayer, and connect with others through service and fellowship so I know I’m never alone. Thank you for providing me avenues to recover my strength through your love and the love of others. I thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.