I haven't felt like myself lately. But it's that time of year. You know, waiting for spring and thinking it's here, then getting blasted with another round of cold weather! I am so ready for warm weather! And I've also felt just tired. Kind of blah with the routine of things. Anyone else?
Parenting is the job that never quits until it ends, you know? I recently told Danya: You will always need your parents, but you will not always need to be parented. That's the goal, right? But currently, I am still on duty with my senior daughter and my 9th and 7th grade sons. This time of year, entering the last nine weeks of school and chomping at the bit for spring, I tend to begin feeling a bit of burn out.
What is burn out? Well, simply put, it is growing weary in doing good. And the apostle Paul wrote about it in Galatians 6:9.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)My friend Kelly gave me a necklace recently with that verse on it. It was just what I needed. Take a look at this same verse from the Amplified Bible:
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. (AMP)
Yeah, you can get burned out when it comes to parenting, and just day-to-day living, for that matter. You can get tired of doing the right thing all the time. You can get tired of taking care of everyone and managing everything and you can get tired of being "on" all the time. But what are we encouraged to do? Hang on! Don't relax your courage; don't loosen your grip on the Lord. In other words, Don't let go! At the appointed time, the harvest is yours to reap!
What are some things you do to encourage yourself to keep going in the face of burn out? I was reminded Sunday of how the Israelites built altars of stones to remember the mighty things that the Lord had done in their lives. I've been thinking of some "altars" that I can erect around my home, just to serve as reminders of the Lord's constant, unfailing, never-giving-up kind of love and grace in my life. How about you?