Burnout-STOP! Take a Moment...breathe

First appeared on www.CandaceAJones.com


Ever have those moments where you just run so far and long until you run out of steam? You might have even thought you were experiencing burn out. 

I have been there several times in the past, and you know what? It really isn't a journey that any of us must travel because if we understand that life is a collection of moments, we won't allow ourselves to entertain the vain imaginations of busyness and get consumed with that dreaded disease of burnout. 

What is burnout?

In my dictionary, burnout is when we over-exert ourselves, trying to do and be everything and everywhere to every person. It leads to emptiness and regret. You feel at a standstill, purpose becomes sketchy, and life can even feel meaningless.

In a society where it's pressured to be your own boss, find your own purpose, light your own path, and, pretty much be your own god, collectively we become confused, the reality of truth becomes obscure, and in what we think is an awakened state leaves us in the dark. Sounds hopeless?


The good news!

I know the above section painted a disturbing picture--but there is hope. We must stop, take a moment, and breathe.

Stop

You are inundated with drive and ambition and lies from folks who say, "I'll sleep when I die; today I hustle." That's absurd. Yes, you may legitimately have a million and one things vying for attention but you must embrace that you need to stop sometimes. We are supposed to rest and have chill because that encourages growth and better vision for our dreams.

Take a moment

As I stated earlier, life is a collection of moments. We've been taught to plan for the future--and rightly so--but we shouldn't neglect the present. What would it matter if you aspired to reach your dreams only to realize that the quality of your journey did nothing to impact the world around you? That's like grassroots evangelism. Some may have a goal of how many souls they want saved so they do whatever they can to draw people in, but some may fail in giving them the full truth--neglecting to live out what Christianity is about. 

Breathe

Inhale. Exhale. Sigh. We miss so much because we don't seize that moment when we just fall back into the arms of the Father and breathe in His rest, peace, and strength. It's impossible to figure it all out so just breathe and stop trying so hard.


You're not perfect. I'm not perfect. Only One is. When we embrace that truth, we'll live a life void of burnout, emptiness, and regret.

This life you have is a gift for you to live unashamedly. Dare to live on purpose, without burnout, and continue your race with joy! If that enemy tries to creep back on you, just do what I do and stop, take a moment, and breathe!