So many people in life are trying to do too much at one time and over time they will burn themselves out. Sometimes you have to just take a break from some things so that you can re-energize your mind and soul.
I had to do that recently. As you have noticed I haven’t written anything for 8 days. I was putting way too much pressure on myself not only to write everyday but I felt as if it wasn’t at least 1,000 words, it wasn’t good enough.
After 45 days of writing everyday like that, I was burnt out. I had no choice except to take a break to clear my mind. I feel so refreshed and realize now that even if I write everyday which I think is good to do as a writer, I do NOT have to write 1,000 words a day for it to make an impact.
I have never been one to want perfection in my life but for some reason I thought I needed perfection for God. I mean this is God we are writing for. Shouldn’t we strive to be perfect for that? But what I have realized is that he doesn’t expect us to strive for perfection but in reality excellence and there is a heck of a difference.
So are you allowing yourself to become burned out? You need to take a break! I am not sure what you need to break from but I am sure you know. Taking a break will help you refresh your mind. It will help you find balance again.
Until we pull away from some things, we can’t find balance. Most people are out of balance because they are trying to do it all. They can’t say no to some things because they want it all. We can’t be that way if we are going to follow God’s vision for our lives.
I know people who work 7 days a week and they say they have to but even God took a day for rest. If God and Jesus took a break then why can’t you? If God knows the importance of rest then why don’t you realize that we all need it?
I know what you may be saying because I was just there. Even though my schedule isn’t filled like most people, I still put way too much pressure on myself to write a certain amount of words.
I got praise from people about how well I have done with the writing so that even played into me wanting to write more and more but it was TOO much on me. I am so glad I pulled away for a bit.
Will I still write everyday? I may not write every single day but I will write close to that. I don’t want to fall into that trap again. I also don’t want to fall into the trap of putting writing off for the fear of falling into that trap so there is a fine line with this.
I want to do what God wants me to do, nothing more and nothing less! I hope you can take some time and figure out what you need to pull away from for a week. Maybe it’s TV, maybe it’s the computer, maybe it’s your work? Whatever it is make the decision before you burn yourself completely out because once you get there it may take you months to recover!
Ask God to give you the wisdom to know what you are supposed to do and what you aren’t supposed to do right now. Ask him to show you the areas you need a break from and the areas you need to move forward with. Ask him to give you the courage to follow through with where he guides you. It may not be easy to say no to good things but sometimes you have to in order to get to the best things.
Go and change the world by you changing your heart first!