A pastor once said to me that starting out in ministry was the easy part. Keeping going – loving people over the years through thick and thin, and remaining passionate about the work – was much harder.
You could say this about almost anything in life. It’s exciting to embark on a new adventure – whether it’s marriage, parenting, or a new course or career.
But once the ‘honeymoon period’ is over and we realise the complexity and demands of the role, we can feel like giving up.
Staying the path is hard.
Committing to things and people in the long term isn’t always a bed of roses.
But we were never promised life, or work, would be easy.
Each season includes a set of circumstances that challenge us.
Each life stage poses fresh dilemmas and quandaries – and sometimes there are tremendous heartbreaks.
So how do we avoid burn-out when we’re feeling like we’ve had enough?
Sometimes we need to know when to play our last hand – and other times we need help in sticking it out.
As Christians we have a counsellor, the Holy Spirit, who can help us decide our next steps.
God can help us get to the heart of what’s troubling us and set us right again with his love and wisdom.
He’s the best listener there is – and a teacher like no other.
He will help you persevere, or know when to move in another direction as you stay close to him and his word.
Trust the tour guide. The driver of your life. He will show you the way forward as you come to him in prayer.
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.”
Romans 12:12 MSG