Avoiding Burnout

It’s so easy to say no when we are exhausted, but that’s where we find ourselves a lot in Christian radio. I believe that’s how Satan attacks all of us. He keeps us busy…never enough time in a day, month, year to ever get the list done. Some of us call it job security, but if we are honest with ourselves, that’s not the life God intended for us.

We’re constantly on fire until our creative soul one day finally gets snuffed out, and then we are done. Another casualty of this brutal ministry war we are all caught up in. We call it burn out, but we keep losing good people.

I didn’t realize how caught up I was in it until my mentor who listens to all my complaints pointed out that I was constantly living in fear. Fear that I’m not going to get everything done when it needs to, fear that I hold the keys and it’s my fault if the whole empire is going to come tumbling down, fear that I’m going to get in trouble if I don’t get things done…self-preservation.

When I live in fear I’m not even showing that I have an ounce of faith. My fears were all about me and what I could do…never once did my anxiety filled rant include Jesus.

It’s easy to get away from the personal, daily relationship we need with Jesus. Maybe you use the same excuses that I do…I don’t need to be involved in a church group because I already work in ministry. I don’t need to have a circle of people who keep me grounded in Jesus because that takes a lot of extra work and I’m already exhausted…my ministry is the station, someone else can fill those other ministries at church. I grew up in church, so it’s ok if I skip a holiday sermon because we had something big happen with the station.

We all get caught up in this lie that Satan is spoon feeding us…we don’t need, because our role is to feed into others.

I’m reminded of the oxygen analogies on planes. Parents, please take oxygen first before helping your child. Our tendency is to help everyone else and fix everyone else, because that’s a whole lot easier than turning the mirror on ourselves. But, we can’t continue saving others, if we don’t save ourselves first.

We get jaded and burnt out when we continue to pour into others instead of learning to let God pour into us.

God commanded us to do two things in Mark 12:30-32 -First, to love our Lord with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength, and then second He commanded us to love our neighbor as ourself.

We can’t love others until we take the oxygen first and love our God with all our heart. When our love tank is full on God, there’s no more room for fear, anxiety, negativity…and that’s when we can truly live out our mission of our radio stations and love others well.

I’ll leave you today with Romans 15:13 NIV – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Praying this encourages all of us today to show our faith more by diving into Jesus and letting Him fill our love tanks instead of leaving room for Satan to find ways to snuff out our light. And in case you haven’t heard it lately, you are so very loved and you are meant to be here!

Carol Ellingson
Promotions/Social Media/Donor Love Director


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