Zeal Without Burnout
Superman is a great movie & superhero iconic figure, but Superman is not a label that any Christian, Pastor, or Leader should strive for.
The unfortunate truth is that many people strive for this at the cost of their ego, identity, and foundation.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with excitement about ministry, or passion to serve others & God. But along the way, whether sooner or later we will realize we are expendable and our energy expires. It is sad to see people experience burnout in a way that causes them to negate their calling due to frustration, discouragement and confusion.
Thankfully though, Christopher Ash has penned a book that will open your eyes to who you truly are & the expectations that God has for you over the expectations that you or other may have for yourself.
This book came to me at the proper time as I was experiencing weariness. Do you think God is impressed by your energy level or the lack there of? I do not believe He is. There’s a few reasons for that…
- Jesus rested. Yes, He rested. This example is worth following because it reminds us that we are finite & fickle. Jesus was neither, but He showed us what it means to trust & rest.
- Jesus retreated. Yes, He left the crowds at times to focus on the One He was truly serving. Do we pause for refocus & renewal?
- When we forget or forfeit to do the above, we can easily forget about who we are serving & consider that we are the reason we do what we do. God is in the business of redeeming people & sometimes we need to be redeemed from ourselves because we take ourselves to serious & we think we can do it on our own.
I cannot think of a better book on this subject. You will be encouraged & convicted about why you do what you do & who you do it for.
Remember, it is ok to take a break. In fact, it might do you some good & cause you to work harder & last longer in the long run.
Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.