Devotions

On the Verge of Burnout

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August 7, 2018

Matthew 11
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus offers His thanksgiving and praise to God the Father, the one who is all knowing, all powerful, and all gracious. It is through being connected to God the Father that Jesus is the most connected and finds all understanding.. and it is through Jesus and the Holy Spirit that we as believers in Christ have direct access and find wholeness through The Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Jesus calls us out to simply come to Him.. especially those whose minds, bodies, and souls are burdened with tiredness, weariness, and unrest. It is by going directly to Jesus where He will graciously carry on His own shoulders whatever it is that we are willing to offer. In exchange, He will give us rest.. not only physically, but to the point where we holistically are restored, renewed, and revived. It is when we can fully entrust all of ourselves to Jesus that we glean from His nature which is a place of peace, rest, and completion.. and that when we follow Him will come to the realization that He has already done all of heavy lifting so that He will carry us through.

If I were to do a completely honest heart check, though I feel strongly connected to Jesus, I’m at a 4 out of 10.. exhausted from day to day activities and on the verge of burnout if I were to continue running at the pace that I have for this past year.. Don’t get me wrong.. this has been one of the most fruitful seasons of my life. I love my church, my staff, our volunteers, our community, our projects, my business, the many opportunities, the experiences, the relationships.. the list can go on and on.. I am blessed to say the least! But there comes a moment where we need to take a time out to recharge our batteries, unplug for a little, and refuel on Mexican food and Chick-Fill-A! I feel that the hardest thing for many to admit comes from this simple statement: “I need a break!”.. And having peace knowing that it’s biblical! My tendency is to feel that I am constantly producing to have a false sense of feeling productive and fruitful. When tiredness builds up, it’s easy to harbor resentment with the possibility of manifesting itself in the wrong way. These are indicators in my spirit that nudge me by telling me it’s time to take a step back. I am looking forward to 10-days of resting, spending time with family while rejuvenating my energy, recalibrating my spirit, re-centering my focus on Christ and the mission / assignment for the next chapter.. it couldn’t have come at a better time! I am grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself, and aim to return to run the race that Christ has set for me!

Thank you Jesus, for reminding me that I am first a be-er and not a doer. It’s through Your power and strength that fuels all things, not my efforts, my performance, or my works. Help me find rest at Your feet as I give you you my burdens. Help reset within me a heart of thanksgiving, gratitude, and appreciation. I have more than I deserve, and want to steward all that You have freely given me with Your strength and Your power and not mine!

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Unseen is an online experimental sandbox of Alex Cheng where he will be discussing the Word of God, personal experiences and thoughts. He is the Media Director at C4 Christ Centered Community Church, founder of instaMERSION studios, Wealth Coach at Tardus Wealth Strategies, and serves on the board of directors at Hawaii Meals on Wheels.

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