Approval and burnout. Have you ever thought about the connection between the two? The more we seek approval from others, and fail to receive it, the more likely we are to suffer from discouragement, lack of motivation, and eventually burnout.
So here is your inspiration and admonition for this Saturday…
“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”
I’m no stranger to burnout–and the prayer in this devotional could definitely fit me! Any time I have engaged in “taking time off” has helped me reflect on a lot of important parts of my life I may have previously neglected. Balance is often hard to achieve, yet there needs to be balance between being too concerned about pleasing others and not quite getting there, compared to simply doing our best and pleasing God.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you struggle with wanting approval from others?
Do you suffer from burnout? Do you strategies to recover?