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As a kid I was always amazed
that how a piece of metal would break if you bent it back and forth enough
This was one of my big discoveries as a youth. Many others followed as I
accumulated my vast storage of knowledge.
Along the way I came into
contact with people experiencing what was called psychological burn out.
At first I couldn't
understand how that could be until I met Cliff Wright.
He was a kindly man who
was soft spoken who wished to help people in need. The only problem he didn't have
the wherewithal to do so and he would take from one and give it to another.
He was a good mechanic who
could fix almost kind of engine. This was essential for his former occupation
which was a race car driver. He would build his own cars and drive them. He had
raced all across the country from the west to the east. But after years of
little success, often having to sleep in his car with little to eat; he finally
came to the place where he was just burned out and racing became only a memory.
Cliff had developed a problem
along the way which was lying about his racing exploits and you could never
tell for sure if he was telling the truth. If you asked his wife she would
always tell the truth about what he had said. Still with this fault he was
He would have plenty of work
to do but he would just sit and look at it and after awhile would say; let's go
and get some coffee. He would come back and look at it again until he felt it
was time for coffee again. Jobs that would normally take a couple of hours
wouldn't get done for weeks even though he promised to finish it. He was so
burned out that all he had left was good intentions.
It is possible for a
Christian to come to the same place where service for GOD has left them burned
What is burnout? Helpguide.org.“Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion
caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed
and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose
the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first
place. Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you
feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually,
you may feel like you have nothing more to give.”
This can occur when your high
expectations for GOD are not met and your desire to do great things at best
turn out mediocre. It is possible for our zeal to take us beyond our calling
and the result can be disappointment, discouragement and confusion.
Our willingness to work for
GOD can lead to expectations (by others) beyond what our stress levels can bear
and if you crash and burn they will wonder why.
Jesus saw this happening to
his disciples; And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted
place and rest a while. While their rest was short lived at least he recognized
they had limits.
Due to the times we live in
we must push ourselves to do more for Christ's kingdom but it is imperative to
stay within your limits and not "Burn Out."