Can you sustain your schedule without burning out?
Can your church sustain its schedule without burning out its faithful members?
One of the greatest dangers with overtaxed schedules is not burnout but rather failure to nurture who we are in Christ.
Here is why nurturing who we are in Christ is so important to sustainable schedules:
When we realize who we are in Christ and become more and more of who we should be, we will tend to do what we should do. Nurturing our walk with Him tends to increase our perspective. (Phil. 3:7-15)
In order for our efforts … how we are spending our time … to bear spiritual fruit, we must be abiding in our Lord Jesus. Finding our sustenance in Him tends to increase our productivity. (John 15:1-8)
When the stresses of life hit us full on, we need an anchor to keep us centered. Keeping our hearts and minds stayed on the Lord tends to increase our peace even in the midst of chaos. (Isa. 26:3)
When we are doing what we should do, we need strength to keep going. Understanding that we can do all things “through Christ” who provides the strength tends to increase our perseverance. (Phil. 4:12-13)
Having this kind of perspective, productivity, peace, and perseverance can make even the busiest of schedules sustainable. The only way we are going to gain and maintain these qualities is by nurturing our relationship with the Lord.
When we fail to nurture who we are in Christ, because we just don’t have the time, we increase our potential for the following:
Let’s remember Jesus’ words to Martha in Luke 10:41-42 in response to what she was doing with her time versus what her sister Mary was doing. — “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Jesus wasn’t accusing Martha of being too busy doing unimportant things. He did, however, observe that she lacked perspective and peace in what she was doing. She was worried and upset (v. 41). He identified the cause — her failure to recognize how essential sitting at His feet was to her productivity and perseverance.
Do you want a sustainable schedule? Make the same choice Mary made to view spending intimate time with Jesus as an integral part of your schedule.