Resting in God’s Fairness
Burnout occurs when the things that once gave us life and energy become discouraging and draining instead, sacrificing our pleasures and accomplishments to the continual onslaught of “next.” While a common danger for Christians who dedicate their efforts to God’s kingdom, burnout eventually makes us choose cynical numbness over the “caring exhaustion” of Christian service.
How do we avoid this pitfall? Brad Hambrick argues that burnout is actually a consequence of our life management, and he shows us how to create a time budget to avoid living beyond our means with the time God has provided. He helps us remember to rest in God’s fairness rather than trying to gain his acceptance.
“I can think of few things more relevant and helpful for pastors and church members in general in the Western world than these insights on burnout. Brad shows how both man-centered approaches to work or ministry and poor habits contribute to a burnout epidemic. The messages off of which this booklet is based were a ministry saver for several ministers on our team and deeply enriching for us all. These reflections have it all: theological depth, gospel centrality, humility, and practical advice. I cannot commend it highly enough!”
–J.D. Greear, Senior Pastor, The Summit Church
“A very practical book based upon very biblical, gospel-focused principles and insights. It avoids the extreme of abstract teaching unrelated to life and and the extreme of pithy principles that become nothing more than moralisms. After sharing wise principles for life planning, Burnout diagnoses root causes and then points us toward heart cures—rest in Christ.”
— Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition, and Author of Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure
About the Author
Brad Hambrick is pastor of counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina; chief editor of the Journal of Counseling and Discipleship; and adjunct professor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.