"And he said unto them, Come you yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately" - Mark 6:31-32
The dictionary describes burnout as a state of physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. In other words, it can be a state of emotional, physical and spiritual exhaustion. It is the result of having worked long hours without any rest.
Hearing the cases of all the people Moses presided over, would have caused him to be mentally exhausted, if it had not been for the wise counsel of his father-in-law (Exodus 18:14-17). Jesus even told His disciples to “rest a while.”
Nowhere does God command or condone working so hard that we become mentally and physically burned out. He Himself demonstrated the importance of rest on the seventh day of creation, setting the standard for man to follow (Genesis 2:3).
Continual work without rest will make you agitated, impatient, less productive and ineffective. It is an unhealthy way to live.
Rest is necessary for both the mind and body. It allows the mind and body to heal and recharge after dealing with the stress and pressures of a busy day. If you don’t get the rest you need, you will not be fully functional and at your best to do what needs to be done, to help build and move things along.
Know when your mind and body says "it is enough." Do what you can do and don't go beyond the limits of what you can do. Get plenty of rest and nourish your body. What could not be done today will not stop the world from moving on tomorrow.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.