Ah summer! It’s almost here! I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about the months of June, July, and August that nothing else compares to. Even as an adult, I find it’s the time of year I look forward to the most…acting like a schoolboy in honest anticipation and glee. For many of us, the daily work and home routines can be exhausting and finding a respite for a few months is such a welcome thing.
Heading into summer may seem like an odd time to address an issue like burnout. After all, summer is a time of sipping iced tea while laying in a hammock curled up with a good book! While that might be an idyllic picture, it seems these next 3 months rarely have enough of those moments. Beyond just summer, burnout is a 365-day-a-year struggle. We often are on the brink of succumbing to it.
Today’s blog is more of a practical approach than perhaps some other things I’ve written lately. For me that’s intentional because often I need concrete steps and guide-rails in place to do life more effectively. None of what I’ve written here is to take the place of actually doing ministry or being on the frontlines in our faith. It’s quite the opposite as we talk about taking steps to follow Christ. If we are to be effective, we have to take care of the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of our lives. We put in place habits that help us stay in the game not just for the short-term but the long-term as well. We are of no use in the Kingdom if we fall prey to burnout. And burnout is a place that can lead to much more serious things including backslides and walking away from the faith altogether.