Exhaustion for worship teams after the Christmas season is a very real thing. I was inspired to write this in the middle of a serious season of burnout I have been walking through. I’m a strong willed person with a high tolerance for pain and exhaustion so I usually approach burnout with the attitude of “I need to suck it up and keep moving” One of my goals for 2019 was to expand my blog and increase the content I put out. I truly believe that I have something unique to offer the Praise and Worship community and I want to be consistently offering up something new for my readers.
Right after Christmas, I decided from Dec 26th-Jan 1st, I would do nothing but rest. Well that resting attitude has rolled right into the 3rd and 4th week of January and has turned into laziness in my leadership. I am at a point where I need to get things in motion and start writing some blogs. The problem is, I genuinely have no desire to.
Its my passion to help equip others to lead their churches to the best of their ability. Yet I sit here with absolutely no desire to do just that. I could work harder and listen to some podcasts to gain inspiration, but something deep down inside of me tells me that’s the wrong way to go about this.
Its good to take time to rest in Christ. However, in that season of rest, it’s important to rely on him to rebuild your strength and passion. Sometimes when we rest, we forget to seek God for his strength in the coming season. Paul Miller speaks to this best:
If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life. You’ll always be a little too tired, a little too busy. But if, like Jesus, you realize you can’t do life on your own, then no matter how busy, no matter how tired you are, you will find time to pray.
My season of burnout came from relying on myself to get things done rather than leaning into Jesus and finding rest in him. Living in burnout is not a life that I want to live and in order to move past it, I need to rely on God to bring me through it. When I really don’t want to get up on Sunday, when I don’t want to send out encouraging texts to my team, when I don’t want to work on set list details for this week and all of the other weekly activities of a church leader, I know I need to be spending more time in prayer.
Its not the action of prayer alone that feeds us. Its the expectation and faith that God will step in and give you the energy you need to make it through this day. Not this year, not this month, not this sermon series. This day. We need to pray every morning we wake up that God will give us supernatural strength to get thorough this day. Without him we can accomplish nothing of any true value in this world.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.