“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” -Matthew 11:28-32This passage could not sum up the last 6 years of my life any better. It nails me to a T. I was done with religion, or what I thought was "proper" religion. I remember telling Amy that I was done. I quit vocational ministry and gave up on my "calling." I was going to go make sandwiches or toss chicken wings for a living, but I wasn't going to be a pastor any more.
God, of course, changed that. Being a pastor wasn't the problem; I was the problem. The way I knew how to do my job was the problem. Maybe the system was the problem. I thought not working was the solution. Then Jesus hit me with it.
"Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it."The real problem lay in my example. I was watching how everyone else did ministry, how they did "religion." I took my eyes off my true inspiration; I stopped looking to Jesus as my example.
I was doing what those around me were doing, as they were having breakdowns and relational fallout.
I was doing what the next great author suggested.
The last thing I was doing was the very first thing I should have been doing, walking and working with Jesus. Watching Him do it, seeing how He went about life, not ministry, but life... all of life.
This journey started right before my 30th birthday. I am 36 now and have 4 years until 40. Most people dread 40, but I excitedly await it as I believe it will be my greatest decade yet. I am a work-in-progress, enjoying how Jesus is molding and sifting me.
I like what I see.
I am losing weight, the lightest I've been in my 30s. My mind and perspective are shifting, taking on a more holistic approach to life.
Are you tired? Are you worn out? Are you burned out?
Do these questions resonate? Crashing and retreating is not the response.
Walking and working is and we just need to change what walking and working look like. That's my journey. Let me know if you want to join our tribe of former burn-outs. Life is getting better!