I’ve been exhausted lately and over working myself. As a result God has definitely stepped in and made me realize what I was doing to myself. My parents raised me to work hard and go for my goals as well as focus on getting an education. As a result, I am used to wanting to give everything my all and doing my best at everything that comes my way. I slowly realized that if I chose to overwork in anything that should done in the will of God and for God’s glory. As I got better at work, I started to notice that everyday I would start off with a prayer:
“Dear Lord I pray for faith, wisdom, confidence, competence, favor in the eyes of my peers, favor in the eyes of my subordinates, and favor in the eyes of my superiors. Lord I also pray for coworkers who treat others harshly that you bless them in the very part of their life that is causing them so much pain that they have to lash out at others.”
At the end of each work day, I felt drained forgetting that I am working for my God not man. However I would let my spirit be moved by the wrong things instead of standing firm in the same peace I had when I prayed that prayer in the morning. Yet over time the prayers helped. You should try it!
There are three more things I do now to remind me who I am working for everyday:
1) I keep a daily devotional at my desk. I either read it as soon as I get settled at work or whenever I feel frustrated and have momentarily forgotten that I work for God not man.
2) I focus on these four steps to recovery when I’m burnt out. Rest my body in God (1 Kings 19:5), release my frustrations to God (Psalm 138:7), Refocus on the voice of God (1Peter 5:7 & John 10:27), and resume serving others for God (1 Kings 19:13-21). Please study into these four steps more. It’s really helpful.
3) I also try not to make any decisions when I am angry or hungry.
These are things that work for me. If you want me to go into more detail or if this was helpful please let me know, and leave a comment below. Also share your thoughts on the topic. For the next few weeks, the work environment will be the topic.
~Kassie Marque 💜