Oh. Burnout. It’s a word I’ve come to know really well being on Instagram for the past 3-4 years. It’s a word millennials know well, and many millennial generation gals and guys have used this word to me more than once. But as a Christian when I feel ‘burnt out’ this verse comes to me from Galatians 6:9, ‘And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’
This week I seriously wanted to just give up. I wanted to come home, watch movies all day and give up on fighting. I’ve been tired. Life has been busy, crazy, heavy, sad, happy, all at once, and I kind of wanted to crumple under it.
then this other verse came to me today after I looked at my friend Katie’s Instagram (well.and.whole).
Matthew 11:28-30, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
I know Jesus wants me to take up my cross and follow Him, and that delights me because He took up His cross and went all the way to the grave and to heaven for His bride, the church, for me as part of His church, and that thrills my heart. I GET TO FOLLOW JESUS!
But I realize my human-ness often, and it overwhelms me how weak I am. And I think when I’m stuck looking at myself and how weak I am, I get burnt out. My cup goes dry because I’m not filling it from the fountain of Living Waters which is Jesus.
In today’s episode Katie and I talked all about that. We talked about burnout. We talked about:
– Why burnout is affecting so many young people
– The right kind of ‘self-care’
– Needing to take care of your body, mind, soul, and spirit
– Getting rid of the insignificant things so you can make room for the significant
– The necessity of a Sabbath
– God taking a Sabbath, even though He never grows weary
Isaiah 40:28, ‘Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.’
Genesis 2:2, ‘And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.’
– The kind of nourishment that we often neglect because our culture worries so much about food
– How to encourage others instead of breeding comparison
– Knowing your purpose and focusing on that (why it’s a basic matter of identity)
– The idols of productivity and fighting to actually rest
– Why you don’t ‘have’ to be on every single social media platform
Katie mentioned several scripture passages I would love for you to look up and read: (She also mentioned Jesus going away to be in a desert place with God the Father, so I’ll include those passages as well)
Philippians 4:6-7, ‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’
Luke 4:42, ‘When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them.’
Mark 6:31, ‘And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)’
Matthew 14:23, ‘After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.’
So I want to encourage all of you:
#1: You don’t have to do everything.
#2 – If you’re a blood bought child of God, through Jesus Christ, your identity in Him will NEVER change. – What makes you precious is not ‘what you do’ but God’s creation of you, God’s image imprinted on you, and when Jesus redeems you, me, from our sin, you are now an adopted, freed child of God, and no ‘work done’ or work ‘not done’ will make you any less His child.
Love you all! I hope this episode was life-giving to you.