Clayton King has some timely words for all of us today.
We have no concept of how long our race will last.Â Â We don’t pace ourselves
.Â We watch everyone else in the race and focus on beating them.Â We lose sight of the goal.Â We forget the finish line.Â Competition with another person becomes the driving force.Â And it burns us out.Â Really fast.
Then we end up sucking wind.Â Â We have no endurance
.Â We stop in midstream and cause all sorts of chaos, crashes, and pileups.Â We have a meltdown and those who love us the most come to our aid.Â But before we can really rest we remember all the other people out there who are still running and we become intimidated by how far ahead of us they are by now.Â So we jump right back in before we are ready.Â At full speed again.Â Another sprint that lasts a very short time, and then it’s right back to gagging and coughing and heaving and falling down.
This is BURNOUT.Â And it’s killing marriages and ministries.Â It’s also killing ministers.Â And it needs to stop.
It’s cute when 2nd graders do it.Â It’s stupid when adults do it
.Â And deadly.
Pace yourself.Â This is not a sprint.Â It’s a marathon.
The goal is to finish well, not to finish fast.
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