Burn Brightly without Burning Out!

2081228827_545468587eI want to burn brightly but I don’t want to burn out. Recently, I have examined my health and general well being and have had to acknowledge that the pace of the last 3 years of starting a new church has caught up with me. I have noticed a gradual erosion of energy, health and joy in my life and ministry. When these signs start to become evident over an extended period of time you need to take stock of where you are at and what habits need to change.

Some people don’t do anything in their lives to remotely come close to any sort of stress because they have an aversion to hard work and prefer comfort over contribution. There is both positive stress and negative stress and all of us need positive stress (resistance) to grow and fulfill our potential. Just as a muscle grows stronger with greater resistance so too bit by bit we are to respond positively to the resistance of life and grow through it.

Burning brightly without burning out requires you and I to take an intentional posture to life and put in place a plan to burn bright lest we by default plan to burn out. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t burn the candle at both ends: If you are a morning person, go to bed early and get up early. If you are a night person, go to bed late and get up later. Ideally, the hours you sleep before midnight are better than the hours you sleep before midnight. I recommend you being an early starter in the day and you will feel better and get more accomplished.
  • Exercise regularly: Your health is the one of the most important resources you have and you have a responsibility to look after yourself. People who don’t exercise are setting themselves up for heartache…literally. Approximately 5 times per week you should be completing 30mins of cardio exercise or weight training to strengthen your muscles. You lose 1% of your muscle mass every year after 30.
  • Have devotions regularly: Everyday you should be feeding your spirit with God’s Word and spending time in prayer. Bodily training is of some value but godliness is of value in every way. Inhale the word daily and exhale in prayer daily and you will grow spiritually.
  • Take a Sabbath day off: One day per week (Doesn’t matter which day) should be spent recovering and recreating with your family. Keep your boundaries tight on this day and protect your sanity and the well being of your loved ones.

Lead the Change!

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