How to avoid burn-out

So the title is a bit of a lie. Unfortunately, I don’t think I could ever write a blog post about avoiding burn-out. I’m bad at it…the whole rest/Sabbath thing.

In college, my mom sent me a letter with wax drippings and a note that said, “The remains of the girl who burned the candle at both ends.”

And I have to say, I haven’t gotten any wiser in the last decade.

Between working a more-than-full-time job, training for/teaching fitness classes, and trying to also give time to family and friends, household to-do’s, blogging, exercise, cooking, etc., I’ve been feeling pretty fried.

So the message from tonight’s Lenten worship service resonated with me. We’ve been working through various practices from Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, and tonight’s was simplicity. I read Foster’s book in a spiritual practices class in college and revisited it last year. When I decided to look into the chapter again, I was struck by this key quote:

“May God give you – and me – the courage, the wisdom, the strength always to hold the kingdom of God as the number-one priority of our lives. To do so is to live in simplicity.”

So that is my prayer tonight. To let go. To find rest. To live in simplicity.


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