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! 🙂

 

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“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”

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“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”

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-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.

 

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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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  1. My biggest critic is myself, so sometimes I hear criticism that is not really there. Once I commented that I hope when I get to heaven I hear these words, “I see how hard you try. Good enough.”
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  2. I could write a lot about burnout right now – it’s part of the caregiving journey (an elderly in law). I can be my biggest critic. But, on the other hand, I’ve seen the divine hand in a couple of things that have happened in the past couple of months. Knowing I am not alone makes the journey easier. (I realize this may be a little off topic but you did ask about burnout….)
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  3. I have a friend who is, at this time, consumed with saying yes and overcommitting. She’s been unhappy in her marriage – and is not compensating for her unhappiness by doing so much for others. I fear for her health – physical and mental.

    As a recovered over-achiever, I can see the signs. She’s seeking approval from everyone…and before long, she’ll get burnt out. All I can do is be there for her when she needs me. Sadly, you have to realize you’re doing this…otherwise you can’t help yourself.
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  4. I am having trouble of waiting approval from other. especially family. It used to never bother me. When I said no to a sister, she died the next day.

    The guilt I feel when I said no to her is a burden I would like to get release from. I am not sure how or if i even deserve it.
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  5. Karen,
    I hope your recovery and healing from surgery goes well! It is so easy to take on too much–there are so many opportunities and so many fun things to do–but our bodies and minds can only go so far before we have to rest. I try to take the Sabbath off every week–at least part of it!–unplugging the computer, trying to stay away from big projects–and it does help to keep me from burning out. Then I return to Monday with excitement and energy. I do think we need time off periodically, to stay healthy.
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  6. Glad to see you are back and healing. Don’t overdo it please!

    Burnout? I used to live life in constant burnout. Single mom, special needs kids……

    Now, I take the time away when I can and I don’t always do things – like the laundry piled up next to me.
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  7. I used to be an approval junkie, but thanks to a program of recovery (CODA) I now live my life in a much more balanced manor. And I’m not exhausted or angry all the time! Thanks for your reminder post of how good life feels now.
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  8. I do find it hard to let go of the past. I carry grudges, sometimes for many, many years. I also recognize that carrying anger in me is self destructive. I am happy that you are healing from your surgery. Recovery can be a slow and painful process. I will hope for continued progress. My husband may need foot surgery and I can not imagine how much pain that may cause him.
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