How Can I Serve Like Jesus without Burning Out?

Aug 14, 2019

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As Christians we are supposed to sacrificially give of ourselves for the benefit of our neighbors without the expectation of a return. But how do we do this in a way that is healthy for us and for those around us? What do we do with the guilt we feel for not being able to be all things to all people? And what does it say about my faith if I get burnt out and feel like I can’t give any more? This week, Vince and Jo talk through what it means to be creatures who have limitations, and what that might mean for a proper understanding of rest in light of a God who pours himself out on our behalf.

Question Asked in This Episode:
“In the example of Jesus it seems very clear to me that we’re all called to be servants and humbly serve those around us, no matter the cost. But sometimes I find myself trying so desperately to meet the needs of everyone around me that I end up running myself into the ground, resenting the people who ask things of me and feeling like a doormat. In a culture that idolizes and commercializes ‘self-care’ and ‘self-love,’ how can we balance the counter-cultural call to serve one another while setting healthy boundaries and being realistic with ourselves about our limits. And if I believe Christ calls us to pour ourselves out for others, what does it mean about my faith if sometimes I feel like I hit the wall and can’t give any more?”

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