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3 Cures for Burn Out

Updated: Jan 27


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I was in my fuzzy pajamas when someone knocked on the door. Sighing, I grabbed my African chatanga (skirt) and plastered a smile on my face. “Lord,” I grumbled, “tonight is family movie night. Why can’t I have peace and quiet for one night?”


Have you experienced burn out? Helping one more person overwhelms you, but guilt gnaws on you. As a Christian, that is your job, right?


But how is your heart?


Are you busy working FOR Jesus that you stopped worshipping WITH Jesus?


Mary and Martha welcomed Jesus and his disciples into their home, but their responses differed. While Martha rushed around, Mary rested at Jesus’ feet. What made the difference?


“Lord, she (Martha) complained, “don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand. The Lord said, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about my things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:40–42 ESV


Martha served Jesus, but she missed an opportunity to be with Him. She overlooked the most important thing, while Mary sat with Jesus.


Mary's heart craved time WITH the King, while Martha's heart craved tasks FOR the King.


In our busy lives, are we more focused on tasks FOR God rather than time WITH God?


We give and give, but we don't replenish our souls. Exhaustion and emptiness consumes our hearts.


Are we helping for personal recognition or God's glory?

Are we serving in our strength or God's?

Do we realize that God doesn't need us....He is sovereign and His will continues with or without us.

Are we sharing the load with others (maybe need to recruit help) or flying solo?

OR are we burned out from no rest?

Do we need to say NO to something?

As parched vessels, we need refreshment from God's life-giving water. As we sit with Him, He pours life-giving water into us and then it spills from our lives to others.


1. In the craziness of life, do I take time to sit and soak in God’s Word? If I desire to pour into others, I must first be saturated with Jesus. Am I guarding my quiet time with the Lord?


2. Have I set my priorities? The Lord emphasized that “one thing is necessary.”

My relationship with God comes first, family second, and work third.


Am I more focused on my responsibilities for God rather than my relationship with God?

If my work is too heavy, am I asking for assistance? Or do I need to eliminate extra activities to allow for the best things?


3. Do I schedule breaks? God created in six days and rested on the seventh. Am I taking a day to rest, or is my schedule crammed full? Am I scheduling retreats and fellowshipping with other Christians?


Lord, please refresh our souls. Help us to sit and soak in your Word, set our priorities correctly, and schedule breaks. May we worship with You and then work for You.

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