SHINE Daily

Get More By Giving Up

So I recently made a big change in my life and I resigned from my staff position at my church. I'd been on staff there in one form or another for about 20 years. I love what I did, but I realized that I needed to let something go so that I can focus on the radio ministry that I love to do - I'm all-in here and I want to give more. And I also want to take care of myself.

I realized I've been running really hard for a long time. Doing a lot of great stuff that I love to do and I was energized by it. But slowly, over time, I was starting to fade away. I was kind of losing steam, ya know? And boy, if you don't pay attention to that stuff, it'll sneak up on you.

I found myself feeling discouraged, sad, and it was all taking a toll on my health. I was feeling anxious too. It's called BURNOUT. I was feeling it and God had been trying to get my attention, but I was covering my ears saying, "Blah blah blah, I can't hear you!" I didn't want to listen to Him.

So, I finally took a step and I did it. And it was hard. It was really hard to give up something that I love. However, I was so encouraged to get a letter from a friend of mine who wrote to me and told me how much the ministry at church had meant to her over the years and what she had seen in me- she appreciated it.

Then she said the thing that I didn't expect. She said "thank you for modeling what it looks like to take care of yourself, to rest!" Jesus calls us to rest, and she said "I've seen so many leaders model burnout, and seeing somebody model rest and self care was new!" It never occurred to me that that is a part of who Jesus is too. So, thank you for the encouragement!

And my friends, if you're feeling the burnout, would you please listen to what God says to do.

Co-host of Tracey and Dave on SHINE-FM.