Burnout or resilience?
Week beginning: 1st October, 2017 | By Peter Brown | Ballymoney
"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest'."Mark 6:31 (NIV)
It's that time of year again when supermarkets are already supplementing their pumpkins, sparklers and masks with selection boxes, crackers and cards – yes its early autumn! Schoolchildren are half way to Half Term, the nights are already closing in (especially if you live as far north as I do!) and the legal and church year are already back up to full speed after the relative calm of the long vacation and summer break respectively.
Northern Ireland's scheduling of the Burnout or Resilience LCF/CMF event at the start of September on the day prior to the service marking the commencement of our legal year was therefore particularly timely. We were reminded that we as Christians have to not only strike the traditional balance between our work and family lives but understand our spiritual life intersects with both. Even Jesus needed times of solitude and time alone with his heavenly Father during his ministry and especially prior to significant events.
So at the start of (yet) another busy day at the start of (yet) another busy week at the start of (yet) another busy month at the start of (yet) another busy year at work, at home and at church let's not forget that in order to meet, defy and exceed expectations even Jesus needed to recharge his physical, professional and spiritual batteries to avoid burnout and demonstrate resilience.
1. Take time to commit your next minutes, hours and days into the Lords hands. Then ask yourself if you need to build in some extra time this week to recharge yourself with the Lord.
2. Pray for those who are feeling or are under pressure and need to know the Lord's rest.