Do you frequently find yourself stressed and overworked? I’ve learned a couple of good things about working effectively. First, you usually can ask others for help, so long as you carry your own load. I didn’t want to burden anyone else, which originally kept me from getting help. It is possible to burden people but, within reason, people will help each other out.
Second, you need to pace yourself. I learned this from long-distance running in high school. The initial temptation was to run all-out from the very beginning. All that did was to keep me behind at the end. Planning how I’d run each quarter mile gave me a doable competitive pace.
We hit burnout quickly if we postpone things to the very last minute. With years of having to produce new sermons and new lessons every week, not to mention other commitments, forced me to develop guidelines and schedules to keep me on time. Keeping the steady pace produced what was needed and kept me from late night panic.
Most importantly, I turned to the Lord in prayer and fellowship. I came to understand the He is the only one who is perfect. He made me, and knows my strengths and weaknesses. If I do fail, He won’t condemn but, instead, pick me up so I am continue the race.
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Psalm 127:2