“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
How many times have you heard, “I’m so burned out on school,” or “I’m so burned out on work?” More times that you can count, I’m sure.
When you hear the word “burned out”, you think tired, hot. In an article in Forbes on April 1, 2013, there is a reference from The American Psychological Association’s David Ballard, PsyD and he describes job burnout as “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”
I’m not sure about you, but that sounds terrible. Exhaustion. Lack of interest. Decline. None of these words are good.
In my opinion, we have too much on our schedules and we have something driving us that is not good.
Many people say, “I wished I lived 100’s of years ago, life was so much simpler.” Well, it may seem like it, but was it really?
The people had to grow their own food, not go to grocery store and pick up.
The people had to cook on open fires, not in a stove, microwave, crock pot, or drive thru.
The people had to hand wash their clothes, not throw them in a washing machine.
The people had to make their own clothes, not go to a store or online and have the clothes delivered.
So maybe they didn’t have it as good.
But there was not as much to do outside of working!!!!!
In their leisure time, they played games by candlelight, visited with family and friends, sat out on a porch at night playing music, and just being quiet and comfortable. Did they have time after doing all they had to do without the help we have now?
I believed they lived “freely and lightly.”
In the verses above, God tells us how to rest. He will show us. Watch how He does it.
Jesus walked on this earth almost 2000 years ago. In three years, He healed people, taught people about God, and prayed. Do you think he went 3 years and did not rest or did not eat?
Matthew 9:10 (NIV) While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
Matthew 14:23 (NIV) After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
Matthew 26:36 (NIV) Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
Jesus’s days were just as full as our days, healing people, however, He always took time to eat and to go by himself and pray to His Father.
Jesus came to this earth as a human just like us so He could die for our sins. He was just as human as we were. He needed food, He needed rest, He needed prayer time with His Father. Why is it we think we do not need it, if He needs it?
As I am doing an online Bible study with Proverbs 31, “Taming Your To-Do List” by Glynnis Whitwer, we are learning about how to stop feeling burned out. Everything points back to God.
I listened to a Conference Call today from Glynnis Whitwer that is available with the study and she referenced the verse I did yesterday as well as the one I have given you today. She also mentioned two critical factors that it will take to control your schedule and to stop feeling “burned out.”
- Identify God’s priorities for you NOW.
- Learn when to stop working.
These were more than eye-opening, they were my “AHA MOMENTS.” Glynnis said, “We are not a slave to our schedule,” but how many of us are?
Many chronic health conditions stem from not resting, and not taking care of our selves. High blood pressure, heart attacks, and depression are just a few.
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was diagnosed at 38, which is way too young. The disease has taught me that I must rest. Our body does so much during the rest process. Many scientists have studied the human body and on the web at Healthy Sleep the following was on their report.
“In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.”
Now let me ask you a question. Who made you? I know you may say your father and mother, but who made mankind?
Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
God also sent Jesus to walk on this earth and He created Jesus as a human just like us.
Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a]the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
I have concluded from all of this, if Jesus needed rest don’t you think we do. God made our bodies not to be able to go on and on without rest. Medical research proves this. He wants us to take time to rest and refresh.
Many people think they don’t have the time or they can’t make the time or it’s crazy to rest, but after reading all this and researching, I believe it’s a responsibility to our God to rest and our body.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
We need to work. God made us to rule over the Earth. But He also wants us to rest in Him. He also wants us to spend time alone with Him.
Will you schedule time today in your schedule to rest with God?
When someone asks, “What have you been doing today, ” it’s okay to tell them.
“I’ve been resting in and with God.”