I am a leader. I am tired.
Many of you are in roles that are incredibly demanding. Whether you stand up at the pulpit every Sunday, or lead a team in a non-profit setting, chances are you do not get much down time.
A dear friend of mine is the director of a non-profit theater in Montana, and sadly, I feel that she is on the brink of burn out. Being tired is part of the job, right? You may not have realized just how exhausted and demanding the role you were in would be when you took the responsibility, but now you may be feeling overwhelmed. Or maybe, you have a servant’s heart and you knew your role would be a challenge and you stepped into it anyway. Whichever you identify with, admitting those three words can be hard. “I am tired.”
Can you lead effectively when you are tired? Probably, but not for long.
If you are like most leaders we work with at Refuge, chances are you push yourself to utter exhaustion. The more tired you get, the more you may start to doubt the work you are doing, whether for the Kingdom or for the good of your community.
I’ve met many pastors who say they want to serve tirelessly. I LOVE that they want to do so much for others, but I can’t help but think that this “standard” of serving tirelessly is not realistic and can be more detrimental than helpful.
To those leaders who feel the same, I offer this advice:
Take a break. God gives us many examples in scripture of giving leaders and servants REST. The work of the world does not solely rest on your shoulders. That is why Refuge Foundation stands to SERVE servants who are working tirelessly to give back. Don’t follow the impossible standard.