Burn out is a term that is part of our cultural norm today. We think of burn out as a 'condition' that is only relevant to our current culture and the situations of today. We are always on the go. We all run from one thing to another thing. Rushing from one event to another event. Hauling our kids from one activity to another activity. Tweeting or posting as we hurry from one thing to another. We 'go live', video pod and Snapchat over what we ate today and how to cook this dish. We rush out the door to get to work and school and find ourselves sitting in traffic for an hour. Then we hurry home to fast food or microwave meals only to rush to another something that can't be done tomorrow. Hurry. Run. Rush. Gotta get it all done.
Burn Out. We think it's a new condition, but in reality it's as old as Moses (pun intended). Moses was rushing here and there trying to take care of everything and everyone. Just like we are doing today (minus the electronics). Jethro, his father-in-law, gave him some sound advice. Delegate, delegate, del-le-gate.
Get some help. Yes, your kids can do chores. Yes, it is possible to set up a car pool. Yes, someone else can do that thing. It might not be exactly like you'd do it, but mentor them and one day you won't have to think about passing that task to them. They will know how and will do it well. Delegate at work, delegate at home, delegate at church. Delegate.
Guess what else? All those activities can be re-prioritized, restructured or cancelled all together. Yes, you're allowed to say NO to an event. You are allowed to stay home sometimes. You can eat a meal with your family. Yes, you can put down the phones, tablets, laptops and all the other electronics and talk to each other. Make a date with your family. Make a date with your spouse. Make a date with yourself.
Burn out is a reality of our culture, but it's not new. Take Jethro's advice to heart. Ask for help. (Maybe for you it's about accepting help.) It's OK to let go and not hold on so tightly to the reins. Guide others to do the job with a light touch and a gentle tongue. You'll be amazed at what can happen when you allow someone else to take on a task and you see their light shine. It's all about delegating.
We can't do all the stuff, everyday, for everybody. Take a break. Take fifteen minutes and watch the sunset. Listen to the birds sing. Talk to your family. Talk to a friend. Talk to God.
Burn Out. Burning the candle at both ends means you end up with a puddle of melted wax and no light. Burn out extinguishes your light. Delegate. Let your light burn bright, not burn out.
"Moses’ father-in-law said, “This is no way to go about it. You’ll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you—you can’t do this alone."