Week 2

Burnout

Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 1-22

19 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Video

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/311909?episode=3

Conversations

Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:

  1. The pastoral staff sees burnout in our community from three main areas: long term caregivers, parent of preschoolers with limited grandparent / extended family support, and persons working long hours indefinitely. How have you dealt with these categories? What other categories have you encountered?
  2. Do you know anyone in these vulnerable groups that you or your small group could assist or encourage? What ministries in our church or community support networks could you work with to help persons who have a long, hard road?
  3. When Elijah awakens, God directs him to leave the wilderness and appoint Elijah as a successor. What hard roads in life have you handled better because you knew someone was with you?
  4. Delegating is a difficult task for many because it is difficult to maintain a desired level of excellence when given to another person. How have you learned to delegate? How have you coped with the less-than-perfect results?
  5. Consider this thought: “Recovery from burnout can only occur when we slow down, stop for a while, and listen.” How did Elijah do that? How could you do that, or how could you enable another person to do that?
  6. In the video, Dr. Henry Cloud says that stress is good until it is too much, and then it drives performance down. If the challenge is higher than your ability to deal with it, it is a stress that may never end and lead to burn out.

Reflect on the following suggestions that he provides:

  • Increase your technical ability on a subject or situation
  • Increase your internal ability through counseling or education to cope with a person or situation.
  • Work to distinguish what you can control (work on that), and what you cannot.
  • Know that there are things you do well, and places that you do not have a strength. Focus on your strengths.