It always seems like there are a million things going on in life. Work, church, and family are fighting for your attention, and it is easy to end up with an abundance of obligations that become overwhelming. It is good to work, and because we are human, we will tire from the work that we do at times. There are many sources of exhaustion, but fortunately there are ways that we can be refreshed and renewed.
Sources of Exhaustion
There are many things going on in our lives that can contribute to exhaustion. One of them is plain and simple: too many obligations. Sometimes, especially for me, it is very difficult to say no. Many times we want to help as many people as we can. but over committing can very quickly lead to exhaustion. Another source of exhaustion is trying to be something that you are not, or trying to be a better version of yourself. Remember that you do not have to be anyone other than who you are. God made you in His image. and every attribute that you have can be used to glorify Him.
Remedies for Exhaustion
First of all, set boundaries. You will not be able to serve anyone well when you have an over abundance of commitments. But, how can we know exactly where to set those boundaries? By coming before the Lord and asking Him for guidance. God is God of peace, comfort, and love, and He can carry all of your burdens and stress. As we make ourselves available to the Lord He will guide our steps, give us strength, and very importantly He will give us rest. Prayer is the ultimate resource that we have available to us to combat the spiritual exhaustion that creeps into our ministry.
In ministry you must take care of yourself before you can invest in others. Take a few moments today in prayer to ask the Lord to help you see the source of your exhaustion. And as you can see more clearly what is bogging you down, cling to Jesus as he helps to restore more balance and find the rest you need in your ministry.
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30