Spiritual Health: Your Soul Hangs in the Balance
You'll never know as much of God as is possible, if you only experience Him when the weather is perfect.
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Ministry can kill your passion for God. As harsh as that sounds, it’s true.
We all want to believe that we are the exception to falling into the trap of burnout.
I’ve been there. Others saw it before I did, especially those closest to me. It led to the first time in my adult life that I felt lost, as to what to do next.
I needed to step back. I needed to let others step in. It was humbling, while also being incredibly liberating.
The lessons are still being learned, but here are three simple perspectives that have redefined health in my life and work with God.
1. Embrace the Seasons
I love the true four seasons of New England living. Each has beauty and challenges. It’s not all summer and Popsicles, but I have grown to celebrate the magnificent colors of fall, stunning quiet of a winter snow, and hopeful rejoicing of the birds each spring.
As a young leader, ministry success came early and often. The first part of the trail was sunshine and open fields. But just as Jesus rebuked Peter, James, and John when they wanted to set up camp on the Mount of Transfiguration, we are not designed to live only in the high points.
Low points and downpours are natural.
They are designed by God.
As one of my mentors once said, “Fruit grows in the valley.”
Stop living for the next big thing. Quit working only to create moments of ministry euphoria. Detox from the addiction of applause and the spotlight. Rest is not only spiritual, it is a practice of the Creator.
You’ll never know as much of God as is possible, if you only experience Him when the weather is perfect.
2. Swing the Pendulum
Balance is the ministry unicorn.
It does not exist.
It is a myth.
The only way to have balance is to live small and never take a risk … no thank you.
For three years, I traveled full-time leading worship. More than 150 days a year were spent away from home, where my amazing wife held down the fort with our two kids. It wasn’t easy or perfect, but we managed to thrive as a family in that season, because we learned to swing the pendulum.
When I was home, I went all in.
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