I felt the burn a few years ago, back in 2008 and it wasn't from an extreme workout; I hit the wall of burnout. The term is used broadly, and many seminars, platform speakers share the signs and symptoms of burnout .You think it will never happen to you. It creeps into your life like a sleeping giant, and then it's ugly head shows itself in full vengeance.
Later this month you will hear my story of burnout in a recorded interview, so I will not put all the details in this blog post. What I want you to do is stop for a minute and take stock of your work schedule and how it is affectng every area of your life. When you wake up in the morning what do you think of first? When you go to bed what are you thinking about? If you wake up in the middle of the night are you mentally back at your desk trying to solve the next day's problems? That was me.
When your work commitments,schedule and workload overtake into the other important areas of your life you are headed to burnout. You might say ' No way, I know what burnout looks like and I would never be that stupid". Take it from one who knows, you can and you will be there without boundaries in your life and people who hold you accountable.
In our culture today there is a need for faster more efficient productivity. Our blackberry, and social media have us constantly hooked into a pace that demands immediate attention to everyone's demands.
Harder yet, I was in full time church ministry so you think that you are doing the Lord's work so He would never let me burnout AND I have to do this for the Kingdom. You can rationalize poor choices and I did that but to the expense of my physical, emotional and spiritual health.
You may have the mentality that if you don't do it , no one else will or can do it like I can. Big mistake, that is a prideful spirit that the Lord will not honour. So stop today on this Saturday morning, think about your schedule next week - I am guessing you need to pull back and rearrange some things because your family, your health and your co-workers deserve better. You are only fooling yourself!