But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (New King James Version)
Have you ever had a moment when you are so tired of something that you feel like giving up? Why is it that people who are doing the work of the Lord burn out? The answer can be found on the “spiritual fuel” that runs a person. Every believer is called to a certain task, but at impulse we dive into a ministry that we don’t fit us, but we do them anyway because we believe that we are serving the Lord. When we act in this way, we are not running through the power of the Lord but on our own power instead. Being only finite beings, our spiritual fuel is limited and will quickly burn out on us. Although we meant well in our work, the results produced more harm than good. Harm to the ones we serve because they didn’t get the best from us; and finally harm to ourselves because we feel like we have failed God and don’t think that we are worth anything in His eyes and so stop trying to serve.
The solution to prevent burn out is to have patience and wait on the Lord to show you what and where you are called to do. Patience is something that doesn’t come naturally to us and requires a great deal of practice. When we do apply this virtue, the Lord will reveal what it is that He wants us to do. Now I am not suggesting to sit around and do nothing waiting for God to speak up, that is not the way He works. Instead, what I am suggesting is to test the ministry waters, don’t just jump into a given ministry, try each one and see what fits you.
Now the question is, how do you know what ministry is the right one? The answer is found in our prayers about the given ministry. If it is the right one, it will not feel like work to you. Instead of draining you, it actually invigorates you and inspires you to try different things to make the ministry better to the glory of God. When this happens, you are running through the power of the Lord, as it is written in the passage from Isaiah. Your spirit is renewed daily and you never grow faint. Therefore, seek the Lord’s guidance and don’t be impulsive, and you will become more fruitful to the Lord. By being fruitful, you become full of joy.