Ok. So last week, I returned from vacation with my family. We had an awesome time. We have some more memories together that we will always treasure.
And I needed that time off. I mean really needed it.
On vacation, I started thinking about the importance of breaks & rests (or "sabbaths," if you want to get all Biblical on me).
I love how God describes our need for breaks in Mark 2:27. God didn’t make us for the Sabbath (as if He gets some religious kick out of controlling our lives). Instead, God made Sabbaths (i.e. breaks) to help us — to make our lives better so we don’t burn out. We all need them. I heard a quote one time that’s so true (I think it was from Ed Young, Jr.):
"If you don’t take breaks in your schedule, your schedule will break you!"
I’ve seen people break before. Big crashes. Slow suffocations. I’ve felt like I was cracking more than once, too. Some people crack. Some people just stop trying. Or become pretenders.
I thought about what keeps us from burning out. Here’s my idea for a "recipe for longevity." Seems like we need all three things:
- Spend time with God on a daily basis where you really meet with Him
- If you don’t hear from God, you’ll burn out
- If you don’t share your heart with God, you’ll burn out
- If you aren’t consistent, you’ll burn out
- Work hard with a team of people for God where you are seeing lives change
- If you aren’t serving God, you’ll waste your life
- If you are a lone ranger, you’ll burn out
- If you don’t see lives change, you’ll give up
- Retreat periodically for a time of rest & recuperation
- If you don’t get away yearly (i.e. vacation), you’ll burn out
- If you don’t take time off each week (i.e. day off), you’ll burn out
- If you don’t take timeouts each day (i.e. mental breaks), you’ll burn out
Every time I’ve seen someone flame out (or stared in the face a flame-out), it’s because of one or more of these areas. Find this true?