How do I deal with burnout?

Kristi’s answer-

The main answer is rest and to get alone with the Lord. If this isn’t done, then tragedy can strike. I believe this is one reason men and women leave ministry or quit volunteering.

Elijah had just witnessed a mighty miracle on top of Mount Carmel. Yet, he ran out of fear when threatened by Jezebel. Why? He was worn out. The scripture states he ran to the entrance of Jezreel (1 Kings 18:46). That’s a long way especially after the day he had. He repaired the altar, butchered a bull, called fire down, and hiked the mountain to pray for rain. After running to Jezreel, he ran to Beersheba where he left his assistant, and then went another day’s journey into the wilderness where he asked the Lord to die. That is a lot of running with no comment on rest or food, and then he isolated himself. He was physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually spent.

Like Elijah, we can become so worn out, the alternative of no longer engaging with the enemy is appealing. Giving up enters our thoughts. Even though we have seen miracles, our body, mind, and emotions begin to shut down from exhaustion. If this is you today, I want to encourage you to rest with the Lord. I know it can be difficult to find the time. Yet, it will be disastrous if you don’t.

In Mark 6:30-31 Jesus instructs the twelve disciples to “come away” for a while to rest and eat after they had returned from being sent out. The Lord knows the importance of rest after a time of intense ministry. Can you hear Him calling you away? I know I can.


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