What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout”: “What is Burnout?” – VIDEO

Burnout happens when helpful pressure goes on too long, or is allowed to rise to an unhealthy level.
Where burnout leads to a loss of a role or the experience of “failure”, it may produce guilt or shame or low self esteem, which get bound up in the experience of low mood and depression.
There are connections with chronic fatigue, exhaustion, lethargy and depression.
Warning signs include: sleeplessness; persistent feelings of nervousness; low mood, tears, lethargy and exhaustion; poor judgement and moral lapses.
Practical steps: give others permission if they notice signs; conduct regular reviews; find someone who can speak truth into our situation.

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What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout”: “What is Burnout?” – AUDIO

Burnout happens when helpful pressure goes on too long, or is allowed to rise to an unhealthy level.
Where burnout leads to a loss of a role or the experience of “failure”, it may produce guilt or shame or low self esteem, which get bound up in the experience of low mood and depression.
There are connections with chronic fatigue, exhaustion, lethargy and depression.
Warning signs include: sleeplessness; persistent feelings of nervousness; low mood, tears, lethargy and exhaustion; poor judgement and moral lapses.
Practical steps: give others permission if they notice signs; conduct regular reviews; find someone who can speak truth into our situation.

 

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout: Conclusion”


Conclusion: I will serve the Lord. Don’t be soft! Luke 9. 23–24. Don’t despair! There may be scars, and some of those scars may be unavoidable; but always there is grace in our weakness. Do a self-check. Am I giving myself enough time for sleep? Am I taking care with regular days off? Am I investing in godly friendships? Am I self aware about how God gives me inward renewal? How much do I care what people think of me as a Christian? Do I believe the promises of God? Am I rejoicing in the free grace of God towards me? Make a resolution.
I am – and will never, this side of the resurrection, be more than – a creature of dust. I will rest content in my creaturely weakness; I will use the means God has given me to keep going in this life while I can; I will allow myself time to sleep; I will trust him enough to take a day off each week; I will invest in friendships and not be a proud loner; I will take with gladness the inward refreshment he offers me. I will serve the Lord Jesus with a glad and restful zeal with all the energy that he works within me; but not with anxious toil, selfish ambition, the desire for the praise of people, and all the other ugly motivations that will destroy my soul. So help me God.

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout: Conclusion” – AUDIO

Conclusion: I will serve the Lord. Don’t be soft! Luke 9. 23–24. Don’t despair! There may be scars, and some of those scars may be unavoidable; but always there is grace in our weakness. Do a self-check. Am I giving myself enough time for sleep? Am I taking care with regular days off? Am I investing in godly friendships? Am I self aware about how God gives me inward renewal? How much do I care what people think of me as a Christian? Do I believe the promises of God? Am I rejoicing in the free grace of God towards me? Make a resolution.
I am – and will never, this side of the resurrection, be more than – a creature of dust. I will rest content in my creaturely weakness; I will use the means God has given me to keep going in this life while I can; I will allow myself time to sleep; I will trust him enough to take a day off each week; I will invest in friendships and not be a proud loner; I will take with gladness the inward refreshment he offers me. I will serve the Lord Jesus with a glad and restful zeal with all the energy that he works within me; but not with anxious toil, selfish ambition, the desire for the praise of people, and all the other ugly motivations that will destroy my soul. So help me God.

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout: Delight!” – VIDEO

A delight: rejoice in grace, not gift – Luke 10.17–20. Rejoice that your name is in heaven, not in achievements. If joy is to motivate us to gospel work, then joy must be rooted in something outside of the fruits of our work. When our joy comes from our gifts and our successes, we will always be under pressure.
The remedy is to glory much in grace. It is a privilege to be used in ministry; but it is a much greater privilege to be recipients of grace.

 

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout: Delight!” – AUDIO

A delight: rejoice in grace, not gift – Luke 10.17–20. Rejoice that your name is in heaven, not in achievements. If joy is to motivate us to gospel work, then joy must be rooted in something outside of the fruits of our work. When our joy comes from our gifts and our successes, we will always be under pressure.
The remedy is to glory much in grace. It is a privilege to be used in ministry; but it is a much greater privilege to be recipients of grace.

 

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout”: Endure! – AUDIO

Jesus said, in John 4.31–34, “My food is to do the will of him who sent to me and to finish his work.” He finished that work, John 19.30. Jesus work ended – so it seemed – in failure, but we know different – 1 Corinthians 15.58.

A prayer:

Lord, make my life of service worth something; make it sure. May it be that, at the end of time, this collection of dust, this temporary mortal frail feeble sinful Christian may have achieved something by your grace that will last to eternity.
Ministry is ministry in a messed up world. And there is Grace in the disruption, for it humbles me; it shows me afresh my total dependence upon God.

 

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout”: Endure! – VIDEO

Jesus said, in John 4.31–34, “My food is to do the will of him who sent to me and to finish his work.” He finished that work, John 19.30. Jesus work ended – so it seemed – in failure, but we know different – 1 Corinthians 15.58.

A prayer:

Lord, make my life of service worth something; make it sure. May it be that, at the end of time, this collection of dust, this temporary mortal frail feeble sinful Christian may have achieved something by your grace that will last to eternity.
Ministry is ministry in a messed up world. And there is Grace in the disruption, for it humbles me; it shows me afresh my total dependence upon God.

What we’re reading: “Zeal Without Burnout”: “A warning: beware celebrity!”

John 5.41 – Jesus did not accept glory from human beings. We have chosen a work the world despises, or at best considers marginal and odd. We are unlikely to get affirmation from the world, therefore it is all the more tempting to seek it from the congregation, or other church leaders. Psalm 146v3 – do not put your trust in princes. Suggestion: pray that Jesus will grow greater and we will grow less, John 3.30. We follow a master who “did not please himself” – Romans 15.3.

 

“Zeal Without Burnout”: “We need inward renewal” – VIDEO

Just as we need food and water to keep our bodies physically alive, so we need the inward renewal of the holy spirit in our hearts and lives. Romans 8.10–11. We have the spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. 2 Corinthians 4.16 – inward renewal day by day is ours. Our physical nature, our mental life, our emotional, intellectual and affectional facets of life are inseparable from the “spiritual” part of us.