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Treating Burnout

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Mark 6:30-32 Jesus and his followers were in a very busy place. There were so many people that he and his followers did not even have time to eat. He said to them, “Come with me. We will go to a quiet place to be alone. There we will get some rest.” So Jesus and his followers went away alone. They went in a boat to a place where no one lived.

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With all that’s been happening in the world over these last couple of years, many people are suffering the effects of burnout. They may not want to admit it, but it’s true. How about you?

I was recently touched deeply by a Facebook post of a good friend of mine in South Africa, Nurden Cross. He’s a great guy, positive, encouraging … but he’d come to the realisation that he was suffering from burnout. In part, this is what he wrote:

I’m learning that a helpful way to switch off is through diversion … doing a different activity from what you’re currently doing, but which you totally enjoy. If we keep going through the same demands of life day in and day out, week after week, we are going to burn out.

Well, that makes sense … but is it biblical? He goes on to say this:

Every time Jesus conducted what we would call a major meeting, pouring His life into others, He always did a different activity afterward. He walked with his disciples or talked to them, had a meal, got on a boat, climbed a mountain — whatever the case might be. He would do something to create a diversion in His life, for restoration. If Jesus needed it, we need it more.

Mark 6:30-32 Jesus and his followers were in a very busy place. There were so many people that he and his followers did not even have time to eat. He said to them, “Come with me. We will go to a quiet place to be alone. There we will get some rest.” So Jesus and his followers went away alone. They went in a boat to a place where no one lived.

If you’re feeling burnt out, treat it. Create a diversion.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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