... a weekly letter of encouragement.
16 October, 1996 - Singapore
YOU KNOW YOU ARE MAXED OUT WHEN YOU:+
#1 Can't Relax
If this is true, than guard your family time against all but life-and-death interruptions.
#2 Can't Say No
Are you responding to the urgent rather than the important? Are the "squeaky wheels" deterring you from investing in people who will count for the future? Count for the Kingdom?
#3 Can't Take A Day Off
When you find it difficult to take at least a day off a week, could it be that you are need-driven rather than God- driven?
#4 Find Little Joy In Family Life
If you are emotionally absent from the family, you can be sure that it will prove destructive in terms of un- satisfying family relationships. Your wife will be critical about your work, feeling you are not giving her quality (and quantity) time and attention.
#5 Think It's All Up To You
Here, you are taking on your shoulders that which is God's responsibility. A friend of mine with an "A" type personality use to say that periodically he had to resign as "Chancellor of the Universe". Do you need to do the same?
#6 Find It Hard To Let Your Hair Down
We all need relationships where we can let our hair down. Perhaps this means being vulnerable. Sometime it simply means just having fun. Beware of believing the lie that says time spent in fun is wasted time.
#7 Can't Take Vacation Time
Extended vacations are a must, along with occasional briefer times away. If your work or ministry-load prohibit such breaks, then you are failing to delegate as much as you should.
KEEP IN MIND THAT "YOUR ENEMY THE DEVIL , PROWLS AROUND LIKE A ROARING LION LOOKING FOR SOMEONE
TO DEVOUR." ( I PETER 5:7) LETS MAINTAIN THE BALANCE, AND NOT AFFORD HIM AN OPPORTUNITY!
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
+Adapted from "The Hidden Dangers of Stress Overload" by Bob Mumford. Ministries Today, Mar/April 1995
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