Several studies have shown that in our day and age, we are busier than we’ve ever been. In fact, women reported being busier than men. Which is no surprise that the rate of burn-out is much higher in women than men.
I’m not proud of it but I am certainly one of the statistics of burn-out.
How do I know this? I know because a year ago, my busy and out of balance life, led to burnout. And it left me feeling the same way it has probably left you: exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed, depleted, empty and feeling alone. Hoping there was more to life than this.
Maybe you too are a part of the statistics. But one thing I know for sure is that, we’re not alone in our struggle. Like you, I am also working at choosing a purpose driven life over being busy every day. We’re all in this together.
What We Sacrifice.
What are we sacrificing our busyness to?
For most women, we’re sacrificing sleep, our health, relationships, family, friends, recreation and so much more on the altar of our busy lives.
I am guilty as charged. What about you? Be honest.
If we aren’t sleeping, we’re neglecting our health or self-care and we’re not spending time with the people we love or investing in our relationships. Then what on earth are we busy doing?
“Staying busy with shallow acquaintances only leaves us feeling empty” – Alli Worthington, Breaking Busy.
Let’s be honest, life is too valuable to waste it on being insanely busy that we neglect to enjoy the life that we’ve been promised. Life in abundance, to the full, till it overflows. (John 10:10 AMP).
Hustle has many definitions but one that it commonly conveys is “a go-getter” – someone who’s determined to succeed at all cost. Even at the expense of sacrificing things that are valuable to them.
“Burnout is not hustle!” – Jo Saxton
Are you tired of being so busy, you can hardly breathe?
Has busyness led you to the edge of burnout?
Are you done with the hustle in a world where the noise and distractions are keeping you from a purpose driven life?
How do we know when we’re getting to the limit of our capacity?
We Can’t Do it All.
In Exodus 18:17-23, Moses called by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt and to the promised land, tried to handle all the people’s issues on his own. His father in law was concerned because this was far above Moses’ physical capacity.
And he said to Moses, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”
If Moses had not delegated his workload, he would have burned himself out. The same of true of us. We too have limits on what we can handle.
We can’t do it all. “Doing it all” isn’t biblical. Get help where needed, so that you can rest and enjoy the life that God has called you to live.
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