“Burnout Stinks!”

Burned Out

Matthew 11:28-30, “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Burnout is defined as a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. We hear the term burnout a lot in our culture, and it’s no wonder. We are working longer hours, involved in more activities, and have so many stressors in our lives today. I would like to point out a few things concerning this issue of burnout.

#1. We tend to look at other people and things as being the cause of our burnout. I’m not saying that is not the case in every circumstance, but I do believe that the majority of the time we are just simply too busy. We are either trying to get more done in one day than God has planned for us, we may be poor managers of our time, or we have our priorities in the wrong order. Either way, I think more of the time it goes back to personal responsibility more than others and other things causing our burnout.

#2. Burnout should be regarded as a spiritual issue. Many times we think of burnout as only being physical or mental, but I challenge you to see it as a spiritual problem. We are called all throughout Scripture to work in the power of His might, and not our own. ( Ephesians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 4:7 ). Many times we try to accomplish more than we should in a set period of time. We begin relying on our own strength, our own tenacity, and our own ability rather than the power of God working through us to accomplish what He wants to get done. The fact is we should not be surprised that we get run-down, discouraged, and absolutely drained trying accomplish more than God may have willed for us to get done. Therefore, when someone gets burned out at their job, they are likely to start missing church meetings, missing prayer time, missing their daily Bible reading, and neglecting their relationship with God. This is a spiritual issue.

#3. Burnout can come quickly, but there are warnings. If you are a child of God the Holy Spirit will begin to convict you when you are spending time working and doing other things when you should be reading God’s word, praying with God, or worshipping Him in a church service. Other warnings might be experiencing greater fatigue, irritability, and being depressed at the start of a new day. When the warning signs start it will not be long before full blown burnout kicks in. So, it is important that we look for the warning signs and most importantly listen to the Spirit of God for these cautions.

So, what do you do when you realize one day you are burned-out? You might even say today that you are burned-out. If that’s you right now, I would like to point you to the verses above in Matthew 11:28-30. If you are burned-out right now, Jesus has given the most beautiful invitation to you. He simply says, “Come to me and I will give you rest.”. Take note that there is a lot to learn from Jesus. Even Jesus rested!! He will provide rest for our souls. This is important, because remember that I told you burnout was really a spiritual problem in the soul of man. He will give you rest for your soul. It seems too simple, but it’s the gospel truth. Go to Jesus my dear friend. Spend time with Him, and He will renew you. Don’t live in burnout, but instead live in the all sufficient peace, rest, and power of Jesus.

God bless,

Bro. Bryan


“A Life Shared – A Life To Remember”

Mary Lee Bowen


2 Timothy 4:6-8, “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

   This past week has certainly been a challenging week at the very least with so many things going on in our family and extended family. Last week we laid to rest Rachel’s grandfather, and just two days after his funeral services her grandmother ( his wife ) left this earth and stepped into glory with her Savior and Lord Jesus.

             The experience might be best described as bittersweet. It is bitter for us ( the family and friends ) who will no longer be able to wrap our arms around them, hug them, love on them, and laugh with them as we visit. However, it is sweet because we know Who they belong to and where they are now. Both Grandmary and Paw Paw Bowen had been dealing with different illnesses and physical struggles for sometime, and in the later days those struggles became worse.

             I sincerely believe Paw Paw was ready to go, and I believe there was a silent level of excitement within him to get out of his body and be present with the Lord. There’s no doubt that excitement was in Grandmary too. I think the passing of Paw Paw even accelerated her desire to get off this sin-fallen world and be present with Christ.

             I have known both Grandmary and Paw Paw since 1998. I met them months before I married their oldest grandchild. I could not have asked for them to be any more kind than they were to me over the years. They always showed a genuine love and care for me, and they were always excited to ask and pray about our ministry. I will always be grateful for their kindness and love.

             Three things that will always stick out in my mind and heart about them are: (1.) They loved their family. Their desire was to do whatever needed to be done for any member of the family EVEN with so many grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren. (2.) They loved serving. They served the Lord, their church, and their community in too many ways to recount. Both of them leave a legacy of servant hood to those who knew them. (3. ) They loved Jesus! I can’t recall a time where my conversations with both Grandmary and Paw Paw didn’t start with Jesus, and didn’t end with Jesus. We always had a wonderful time talking about Scripture, ministry and the works of the Lord. I’m grateful for those challenging conversations.

             So much more could be said, but I want to say thank you to the Lord for both Grandmary and Paw Paw Bowen for being who they were, and the example they gave to me and my family. You will both be missed, but we who are in Christ, will see you again one day!

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