Avoiding Burn-Out. In Technology and Missions. Stress & The Brain. The brain is like a computer. Like a computer it can clog up and “hang” when its ability to process instructions becomes overloaded. Overload comes when what we are trying to do is: Too much Too complex Or too urgent
In Technology and Missions
2. Development of intolerance, and
3. Apparent change in personality.
The Letter / The Law
Arouses sin in the members
Has no power to change us
Forces us to become slaves living in fear
All about achieving our own righteousness
Leads to hypocrisy
The “Ought To Monster”
Ought to, should, must, have to, gotta, right now…
You will never be good enough
Hurry up on everything
You are not pleasing God, you are a spiritual failure
You are a hopeless reject
Obey more rules
Sanctification is NOT climbing some great long spiritual ladder with prostitutes and drug addicts on the bottom and Billy Graham at the top…
Jesus was kinder to the supposedly “bottom-of-the-spiritual-ladder” Samaritan woman in John 4 than to the supposedly “top-of-the-spiritual-ladder” Nicodemus in John 3!
Jesus seemed to avoid many of the top-of-the ladder people such as Pharisees, Scribes, and High Priests
On the other hand Jesus actively sought out the supposed “bottom-of-the ladder” people e.g. Roman soldiers, lepers, demoniacs, prostitutes , sinners….
There is no “ladder” of spiritual achievement there is ONLY faith in God and openness to Him……
We say that
which is in our heart, in our inner being.
We then do what we think, say and believe to be true.
Our thoughts, beliefs, words and actions then cause us to become a certain type of person.
1. Love God
2. Love Your Neighbor
3. Love One Another As I Have Loved You(Christian Community)
Burn-out comes from relentlessly measuring ourselves against wrong or foolish standards.
If you measure the wrong things- you get the wrong things
You need God’s checklist not the world’s checklist
There is nothing less important – than being important
Don’t seek fame, personal glory, the love of money or the things of this world or approval by men (even fellow clergy)
Seek approval by God alone!
Have God’s checklist from 1 John: Agape love, obedience to His commandments, righteousness, truth, walking in the Spirit, faith in Jesus as the Son of God, practical Christian living in mercy.
Be diligent to show yourself approved!
Your Five Main Life Priorities In Order Are: 1. God - staying in the faith > everything else2.Health - staying alive don’t let work kill you3.Family - staying married > work or ministry4. Friends - love one another is a command5. Ministry – is more important than football
Recover fast – don’t stay irritated for long
Resolve issues quickly! (4R’s: If we don’t Resolve we then Resent and after a while we begin to Reject and finally we may even take ungodly Revenge)
Firmly, clearly indicate “overload” to others
Read new things, play with games, ideas and innovations – make work fun
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