The Latest Diagnosis

Burnout - generally understood as reduced interest and productivity in one's work precipitated by overwork - can now be classified as a diagnosable condition, according to the World Health Organization.

Burnout, exhaustion, weariness seem to be the norm not the exception these days when you talk to people.  The world encourages the very things that cause it - productivity, success, long hours, significance.

But God says there's another way...

"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."  

--Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Not only does God say there is another way but He reminds us He can see we are tired.

Not only does God promise rest, but He says I sent someone to model how to do it.

Not only does God show us how to do, but He says I'll help you with it, I'll walk with you.  

Not only can God diagnose the problem but He says I've got a solution, a prescription that's good for life.

Spend some time today with this passage.  Allow God to acknowledge your burn out and tiredness with life.  Be encouraged by His promises here.  Ask Him to help you make some choices this summer to receive His promises of rest so you can recover your life. 

Joan Kelley