Dear Pastor, Break the Addiction

"Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." -Gal. 6.9 It is more blessed to give than to receive. But if you're a giver (and most ministers are) then you know that the gift of giving can feel like a curse because our work is never done. You've likely found yourself saying, "How do I get myself into these situations?" "Somebody's got to help them." "If I don't do it, who will?" "Hopefully my family will understand..." ...and off you go to love, serve, and help the hurting world. The thing about "doing good" is that it is addicting. Seeing transformation, proclaiming truth, serving social outcasts, overcoming injustice with righteousness- all these

Burnout: 3 reasons you might be at risk

Burn out is different than exhaustion. Exhaustion means you're tired, lacking energy, and you need to take a break and rest your eyes, slow your thoughts, or even change scenery so you can focus on recovery. Burn out means the passion is gone; the fire isn’t there. It means the edge is missing and you not only feel too tired to accomplish something, you actually no longer even want to do it. Ministerially speaking, exhaustion makes sense; it’s human,normal, and there is a fairly simple (yet disciplined) solution for it when it comes, and it should be noted that exhaustion is unavoidable. Burn out, however, is an all out collapse that can be avoided. It certainly happens, and for some with mu

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