“Burnout is never a characteristic of or within an individual but rather, it is a complex of psychological characteristics that reflect features of the larger society.” – Barry A. Farber
Being too busy is not a new thing. It has been around since the ministry of Jesus over 2 thousand years ago.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home.  Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.  But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”  But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details!  There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her. Luke 10:38-42 (New Living Translation)
Being to busy can affect many aspects of our lives. It can affect our minds, body, and spirit. Common physical symptoms of burnout are:
- Nagging physical ailments
- Upset stomach
- Muscle aches
- Chest pains heart palpitations
- High blood pressure
- Excessive anger
With little awareness and the best of intentions
- it is easy to slip into a work-like way of living
- we forget about life beyond the work of our hands.
- we reduce all of life to work
- our hands can become proficient but cold.
- We can be involved in some of the most exciting projects and yet find ourselves questioning their importance
- we have forgotten our lives on the way to becoming machine-like
- we build a world in which the life of the human spirit is forgotten
Do We Really Need A Day of Rest?
If rest was not necessary, why did the Creator himself take a day of rest after creating the world and mankind? Of all the Ten Commandments, refusing to take a day of rest has resulted in more deaths than even the command against murder. Heart disease and other stress-related problems have taken their toll on humanity. Especially in our present day, we are killing ourselves by neglecting a day of rest.
Do we really need a rest day? I think that it is good to follow the pattern of the one who created us.