My husband and I spent the last decade at our church wearing many hats. We filled whatever hole was vacant. We served, taught, led, shared, and gave all that we had to give. We have since moved away and now attend a new church. And now that we are in a new place, we realize we are tired. Exhausted. Empty and spent. Burned out.
Burnout is a common problem in ministry. One of the reasons for burnout is the tendency to try to do it all. We overbook, overcommit, and overtax ourselves. We fail to rest our bodies, our minds, and our souls. We try to function while on empty and push ourselves to the point where we can no longer function.
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