by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV)
This week we are studying burnout, from how it begins to how you can recover. The latter part of this series is exploring steps to beating burnout. Yesterday we looked at the first thing you can do, which is to prioritize your own self care through healthy habits of eating, exercising, resting, and connecting with God and others. Today we will spend some time looking at the renewed perspective that comes from getting your self care back on track.
One of the major impacts of burnout is it distorts your perspective. You tend to focus on the negative, feel paranoid that others are out for you, and lose sight of God as the all-powerful loving Lord that he is. The stress that invades your peace causes you to divert your energy from dealing with the important things in life to managing the things that others deem as urgent. When this happens, you are constantly putting out fires, burning up whatever energy you have for the life that you need to live.
Romans 12:2 tells us that transformation comes from the renewal of the mind. This requires taking a step back from the urgent stressors others place on you so you can get back to what’s most important and keep the main thing the main thing. One of the most detrimental things to the human psyche is the need to feel liked, needed, and approval. This causes us to avoid saying no and neglecting the essential boundaries that keep our perspective fresh and godly.
God wants to give you his perspective. He doesn’t want you to conform to the world, but find transformation through the renewal of your mind. Seek God’s perspective and live a life of faith. This is a major component of keeping your soul fueled and aflame and protecting you against burnout.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to get a new perspective in life, choosing the important over the urgent. I know this is a major step to beating burnout, so I seek your grace in helping me gain an eternal perspective. In Jesus’ name. Amen.