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Recovering from burnout

20 April 2023 ‘I am weary and worn out.’ Proverbs 30:1 NLT

Dr Richard Swenson says, ‘You can go into the woods, select a ten-foot sapling, bend it over, and when you release it, it will return to its normal height. But if you keep bending it further and further, it will stay down. With stress, first you bend, and then you recover. With burnout, first you bend, and then you break – and you stay broken. When the writer of Proverbs says, “I am weary and worn out,” he is not referring to a figment of his imagination or a sensationalised diagnosis by psychologists. Exhaustion is real and it’s common and it’s dangerous; it leads to irritability, anger, paranoia, headaches, ulcers, depression….Burnout causes something inside you to break; you don’t care who sees or hears, you just want out. The good news is you can recover your passion, enthusiasm, productivity, and excellence, but it takes time and the healing is mostly by scar formation. Burnout is common among the spiritually minded who are sensitive…They see pain and internalise it. They want to help the wounded…they don’t realise they were never designed to carry the world on their backs.’ So what’s the solution? ‘Rest in the shadow of the Almighty’ (Psalm 91:1 NLT). But to receive Psalm 91’s benefits, we need to meet its conditions by making God our dwelling place, abiding in Him, and submitting to His authority. ‘I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress…in him will I trust’ (v.2 KJV). Notice the word ‘say’. What we say can mean life or death (see Proverbs 18:21). It can put us over the top or put us under. So today, read God’s Word, internalise and personalise and verbalise it, and things will start to look more positive with God involved.


Don’t strike back Sunday 26 May
Train your brain Saturday 25 May
Stand on God’s Word (5) Friday 24 May
Stand on God’s Word (4) Thursday 23 May
Stand on God’s Word (3) Wednesday 22 May
Stand on God’s Word (2) Tuesday 21 May
Stand on God’s Word (1) Monday 20 May

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