I would be lying if I said I haven’t felt the symptoms of “burn out”. Often times lately I have felt like I wanted to throw the towel in and say “I’m done, I can’t wait any longer.” I felt I worked too hard for 9 months to have my time in the Philippines jerked away from my hands. After some time passed I grew tired of the anger and bitterness and started to think deeper about what I was feeling.
I realized in this season of our lives, this is probably something we’re all experiencing in different ways. So much has changed and occurred in our lives recently.Life is so different now and it’s difficult for everyone to navigate, plan things things people used to do for comfort have drastically change or are more difficult to participate in. I asked God to show me patience and ease my worries so I could see His picture for me. This didn’t come easy. I first had Tom admit I grew tired and that is okay. It is not a sin to be tired; it is a natural reaction when are overloaded or overwhelmed with current situations. We are flesh and blood. We need a time of rest, a sabbath, and we need it every single week. Remember having a day of resting was God’s creation and it is good. Do not feel bad for taking time for yourself.
Don’t break your promises.
However, we cannot remove ourselves from our callings when we find ourselves on a bumpy road. If we still feel burnt out, sit down and run inventory. Ask God to help us evaluate our situation clearly. When we have bigger commitments and responsibilities than we have strength, it is a perfect time to call out to God for help.
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” (Hebrews12:12-13 NIV)
Finish your commitments by the grace of God. Do not lose heart. Ask God for strength. Take a breather and pray for spiritual refreshment.