Julia Bruce is an engaging and interactive speaker, CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, and author of God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars.
While it is important to honor God, do our best, and celebrate our successes, it is equally important for us to take time for rest. Since God created us, he knows more than anyone else that our bodies need adequate rest.
Paul told Timothy not to neglect the gift he had been given (1 Timothy 4:14-15). God does not want you to neglect your gift either. When burnout and/or compassion fatigue strikes, the result is neglecting the gift and calling that God has given you.
Good self-care is the key to improving and revitalizing the ministries to which God has called us.
Burnout and compassion fatigue not only carries a cost on those it attacks, but it also has a higher cost on the people around those who suffer from it. For them, it could be an eternal cost.