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Dealing With Personal Burnout in Ministry

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ever feel like...
a burned out pack of matches?

by David Yearick
Today's Christian Preacher

Whose heart has not been thrilled by Elijah's exploits, his proclamation to King Ahab of the three-and-a-half-year drought, his ministry to the widow of Zarephath, and his victorious battle with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel? Elijah was greatly used of God. Yet this is the same man whom we find later under a juniper tree in the wilderness—suffering from burnout.

Burnout can occur in the physical, emotional, and spiritual areas of life. Sometimes it affects only one or two of these areas, but it often takes its toll in all three, as it did with Elijah. He was physically exhausted from running before King Ahab’s chariot some 25 miles from Mount Carmel to the entrance of Jezreel (I Kings 18:46). He was emotionally drained as evidenced by his wish to die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life” (I Kings 19:4). He was spiritually distraught, which was shown by his words, “I, even I only, am left” (I Kings 19:10).

(c)  Read the entire article at Crosswalk.com 
  'Dealing With Personal Burnout in Ministry'

This article deals with the primary causes of burnout, as well as points the reader to some striking statements that sustained the Apostle Paul in the worst of situations.

How are you protecting yourself from the
destructive flames of burnout?

If you have expereinced burnout;
what steps did you take to be well?

Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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