A wise man recently said, “Burnout does not come because you’re doing too much, it comes because you are doing too much that has no purpose.”
Thanks, Pastor Chad, I just love it when you stomp all over my feet from the pulpit!
Isn’t it amazing how one simple statement can be so convicting?! I can honestly say at this particular season of my life, I am not feeling that overwhelming exhaustion that comes with being stretched too thin. However, I have been there often enough that this spoke volumes to me.
With the holidays fast approaching, I thought maybe we could benefit from this little reminder:
You can’t do it all, you’re not supposed to do it all and half of what you’re freaking out about bears little to no significance to the general well-being of you and yours.
You are welcome.
Now, how do we avoid overcommitting ourselves to the point that we go about our tasks begrudgingly? I would suggest evaluating how you dispense of your time and talents.
- Are you serving out of a heart that feels compelled to do so or simply because you feel obligated?
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Eph 6:7 NIV)
If you know going in that your heart is not in it, you can be certain that it will be apparent by how you carry out the task. Wouldn’t it be better to gracefully say no, allowing an opportunity for someone who is passionate about it to say yes, rather than give less than 100%?
- Who are you aiming to please with your actions, God or man?
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal 1:10 NIV)
News flash, you can’t please everyone! So if your only reason for giving of yourself is to make someone happy, don’t go there.
- Are you seeking praise or recognition for your good deeds? (ouch, ouch, ouch)
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 6:1 ESV)
Check your motives…God already knows them. If you’re “helping out” so that your name will appear in the “thanks” column, you are not the person for the job.
There are plenty of opportunities for us to fill our days with useless busy work, leaving no room for the things that truly matter. In the coming days when it will be tempting to overextend ourselves, our budgets and our calendars, take pause and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your actions. If it doesn’t bring fulfillment to your life or lift up someone else’s, is it really that important? Choose to fill your days with that which brings a sense of purpose to your life and enriches the lives of those around you.