Would you define your life as "emotionally demanding?" If you have been alive more than ten minutes, most likely you would!
That's just a feature of being a member of the human race here on planet earth ... it's emotionally demanding.
But, living an emotionally demanding life puts you at risk for burnout.
Researchers define burnout as: "A state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations."
Life is emotionally demanding, isn't it? And, it should be.
Our hearts should be involved completely in relationships, work, and what God has called us to do.
Our feelings get torn and pulled by the needs we encounter and the sheer sorrow people deal with. We should be emotionally involved and, yet, can we protect ourselves from burning out?
Is burnout inevitable?
Jesus gives us two distinct ways to stay fully engaged in our emotionally demanding lives without burning out.
1. Accept that You Need Rest
Jesus gives the first instruction to preventing burnout ... take rest.