Approval and Burnout – Mistakes and Mercy – Monday June 22 Devotions
It’s hard to believe summer has arrived, especially since May was warmer here in Maine overall than June has been so far. In fact, these first two days of official summer on the calendar have been in the 60s and rainy.
BUT…I’m almost 6 weeks post-surgery, and I can now carefully use my right hand again for typing (except for my right thumb, but I’ve retrained myself to use my left thumb for the space bar).
AND I’m slowly returning to a modified “normal” schedule, but I have to take it easy since I still have a few weeks of recovery ahead of me. This quote is really fitting!
So here we go, back to blogging with daily devotional shares! 🙂
“Those who are addicted to approval frequently get ‘burned out.’ For them, there always exists the danger of attempting too much. They so desperately want to please that they do everything they feel is expected of them and then some.
Sometimes they say yes just because they cannot say no, not because they think their actions are the will of God. They burn out for lack of discernment or because of unwarranted guilt. And then, their anger builds.
We become angry when we feel all used up and pulled in every direction. Burnout makes us angry, because we recognize deep down inside that it is not normal.
We become angry with the people pressuring us, when in reality we are allowing ourselves to be pressured. To avoid pressure from others and from ourselves, we must take control of our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
What in your life do you need to ‘do something about’?
Pray: Lord, pressure comes from every side, and it seems impossible to keep up. Help me to take control of my commitments and eliminate what is not of You. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“Sadly, many people today continue to fall back into the mistakes and patterns of their past. They keep going around the same mountain, time and time again, having to learn the same lesson multiple times. Wisdom is learning from your mistakes and moving on.
Thank God for His mercy and the opportunity to begin again no matter how many times we have made mistakes in the past. We don’t have to live our lives in the prison of regret, guilt, and failure because we have made some mistakes. Jesus came to open prison doors and set captives free (see Isaiah 61:1).”
–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”
-1- I’m no stranger to burnout–and the prayer in the first devotional could definitely fit me! This time of “taking time off” has helped me reflect on a lot of important parts of my life.
-2- Love this one, especially at the beginning of this new season. It’s comforting to know we can move on and not linger in the past.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you struggle with wanting approval from others? How about burnout?
Do you find it easy to let go of the past and not repeat mistakes, so you can move forward in your life?
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