Burnout means to be exhausted emotionally, mentally, or physically, usually as a result of stress and problems.

How can you avoid a burnout since problems never seem to stop as long as you are alive? Paul was under constant pressure. In his own words, he described the pressure that was against him.

2 Corinthians 11:24-29
“Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?”

The last statement reveals a secret to overcoming burnout; Don’t be offended.

Offense breeds bitterness and bitterness poisons your soul and saps your energy.

Make up your mind to forgive people who have hurt you. Remember you have also hurt others. Forgiveness will unburden your soul and give you the energy to keep on fighting. Forgive!

Kakra Baiden