Cope with boredom.  Ask God to ignite some fresh passion in your life for your relationship with Him and other people.  Break out of the ruts you’ve gotten into in your daily routines by exercising, writing in a journal, taking a trip, learning something new through a class, etc.  Pray for God to reveal more about His purposes for your life, and get excited about pursuing those purposes by dreaming some new dreams, setting some new goals, and taking some new risks to try to achieve those goals. 

Give your very best effort to your work, striving for enthusiasm and excellence and tackling challenges.  Maximize your potential so you can make a significant positive difference in the world because you lived.  Give your time and use your talents to serve other people as God leads.  Read, study, and mediate on the Bible and pray with a passion to get to know more about God every day.

Cope with stress.  Fight stress by getting God’s perspective on it, realizing that He can use it to accomplish something worthwhile in your life that would never happen without you going through the stressful situation.  Let your relationship with God be the anchor that holds you in a place of strength during stressful storms.  Stop trying to bear loads that you aren’t meant to bear; ask God to take over.  But do what you can to relieve situations that cause stress if there is something in your power to do, such as resolving a conflict with someone.  Learn how to say “no” to people’s requests when you can’t handle the stress involved in saying “yes”.  Manage your time well by prioritizing your tasks and then doing the most important task first.  Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your soul, which will give you peace.

Cope with burnout.  Remember that who you are as a person (your character, integrity, faithfulness, and commitment to values) is more important to God than what you accomplish.  Don’t hesitate to let some tasks fall by the wayside when necessary to avoid burnout.  Make time regularly for rest and recreation.  Evaluate your goals and adjust them so that they’re truly reasonable, taking into account your limited time and energy.  Ask God to help you set the right priorities and base your daily decisions on those priorities.  Mend relationships with others that you’ve damaged by making wrong decisions that have led to burnout.  Start taking care of your body by getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating a nutritious diet. 

Be willing to say “no” to requests when doing so is best for you.  Delegate responsibilities to others whenever possible.  Learn how to relax and have fun at least a bit every day.  Live in the present moment and do all you can to make each moment count.

August 18, 2009

Adapted from Making Your Emotions Work for You, copyright 2009/1996 by Harold J. Sala. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or.,   

Harold J. Sala is the voice of Guidelines, heard in 49 of the 50 states and more than 100 countries.  An internationally known speaker and Bible teacher, he has written more than 40 books, including When Your Heart Cries Out to God, Why You Can Have Confidence in the Bible, and the award-winning Profiles in Faith.