Welcome to something new I am doing on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional. It is always good to have a song of praise for the Lord!
This devotional is titled “Beating Burnout: Finding Hope And Health”. It is 3 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Stress and burnout can cause us to project our pain and exhaustion on others — usually those closest to us. Some people respond to burnout by lashing out in anger and storming around in a rage as their lives are falling apart.
Exhaustion can cause us to shut down and stop communicating with our spouse or our friends. And by “communicating,” I mean both talking and listening. We no longer feel connected to those around us, and we begin not to care about nurturing those relationships that God has placed in our lives.
After not communicating for a while, resentment can develop. Our spouses or friends may not feel comfortable opening up to us anymore, and bitterness can be formed and directed toward us, toward the church, and even toward God.
In Matthew 5:9, Jesus directs us to be “peacemakers.” It will take effort and intentionality on our part to bring balance back into our relationships. We are to make peace and strive for unity.
The feeling of just being burnt out can be hard to overcome. Sometimes it can be just doing something outside of the ordinary to get yourself reinvigorated and full of life. This can vastly affect your relationships with your friends and family, whether you realize it or not. I have a suggestion, talk/email/however you communicate with everyone you know and tell them how they are a blessing in your life. This may require overcoming your own pride and admitting you are wrong, however it can bear such great fruits and may even revive a friendship.
What do you think? Leave your own commentary in the comments.
Go back to Day 2 >>> HERE
Move on to the next devotional series “Identity” >>> HERE
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