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Three Indicators of Burnout

by HEIDI J. SMITH REST Rest Burn out
Three Indicators of Burnout
"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, 'Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!' 'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'"
Luke 10:40–42

I was in my fuzzy pajamas when someone knocked on the door. Sighing, I grabbed my African chatanga (skirt) and plastered a smile on my face. “Lord,” I grumbled, “tonight is family movie night. Why can’t I have peace and quiet for one night?”

Have you experienced burn out? Helping one more person overwhelms you, but guilt gnaws on you. As a woman in ministry, that is your job, right?

Mary and Martha welcomed Jesus and his disciples into their home, but their responses differed. While Martha rushed around, Mary rested at Jesus’ feet. What made the difference?

Mary's heart craved time with the King, while Martha's heart craved tasks for the King.

Martha served the King, but she missed an opportunity to be with Him.

“Lord, she complained, “don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand. The Lord said, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about my things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:40–42

1. In the craziness of ministry, do I take time to sit and soak in God’s Word? If I desire to pour into others, I must first be saturated with Jesus. Am I guarding my quiet time with the Lord?

2. Have I set my priorities? The Lord emphasized that “one thing is necessary.” My relationship with God comes first, family second, and ministry third. Am I focused more on my responsibilities for God rather than my relationship with God?

3. Do I schedule retreats? Jesus taught, healed, and traveled. Seeking refreshment and fellowship, Jesus retreated to Mary and Martha’s home.

Am I planning breaks and penciling them on my calendar?

Closing Prayer
Lord, please refresh my soul. Even though I feel tired and overwhelmed, please fill me with your power and purpose. Help me to prioritize the important things and pass on the other things. Help me to take time to rest and guard my time with You. Please use me for Your glory.
Question for Reflection

What do I need to let go? Am I prioritizing my relationship with God and scheduling rest? How can I keep myself accountable?

Heidi J. Smith
January 13, 2021

I struggle with busyness and perfectionism. As I rush about my day checking off my "to-do" list, I fall into bed exhausted. If anyone interrupts or changes my plan, I get irritated. But then the Lord convicted me... I was busy with my schedule not His. I started praying to see things through His eyes. I guarded my morning quiet time and welcomed interruptions because they were opportunities to serve Him. To incorporate rest into my life, my husband and I plan weekly date nights. Our family schedules a couple of fun vacations twice a year, and we try to have family nights twice a month. Since we are on a tight budget, we keep everything creative and fun.