I never thought that I would even come close. I knew what a healthy balance was. But over these past 2 months, work has been so crazy that I have shut out many other areas of my life.
I was off work on Dec 24th, but decided to go pick up a check at the church office. While I was there, I went into our communication directors office and asked if I could borrow one of his books. I had seen it laying around, but never looked closely at it. Which is why I am not even sure why I asked for it (now I know).
"Mad Church Disease:Overcoming the burnout Epidemic" by Anne Jackson was the book.
I started reading it on the 26th on our way to Urbana, and finished it early on in the flight from LAX to St Louis.
These past 2 months, I have given 120% at work. There has been so much to do, and knowing that it needed to be done "now" didn't help.
It is extremely easy for me "to do" for God, that I forget how "to just be" with Him. To sit at the feet of my saviour. To rest in Him.
And it turns out that if I don't change my lifestyle soon, I am going to burnout.
I recommend that every church staff member and every church leader should read this book, if only for the knowledge of what it may look like if they are beginning to burn out or if someone they work with and know well may be experiencing this.
So while at Urbana, although there is lots to do, experience, and see, I am trying to reconnect with the Lord of my life, to figure out again what it can look like to slow down and just be in his presence.
When we get home, Blake and I are going to begin implementing some lifestyle changes that we have already begun to discuss.
This book has a lot of good information, helps you reflect on your situation, and gives you steps to changing all areas of your life (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical).