This week has been one of those weeks. Maybe it's one of those weeks for you, too. You know, one of those weeks where starting the day can feel like stepping on a treadmill of a never ending to-do list. Around and around you go, and progress seems like a distant concept! It's tiring, right? To always be working on something, always conquering the next task ... always doing ... is exhausting! Benjamin Franklin once said, "He who can take rest is greater than he that can take cities." Hmm. Taking a rest is greater than taking cities?
Do you know why he compares the ability to rest with world domination? Because both require discipline! We must discipline ourselves to rest ... emotionally, mentally, and physically. We set ourselves up for failure and tread the dangerous path leading to burn out when we don't take time for rest.
Researchers define burnout as, "A state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations." We are all involved in emotionally demanding situations. For some of us, it's our ministries or jobs. For others of us, it's family responsibilities. For some, it might be all of the above!
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