Didn’t See It Coming
October 6-12 • Week 5: Burnout

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Burnout seems epidemic these days. Many of us don’t see this trap coming because we start off in this life so optimistic. But when burnout traps us, we experience a paralyzing collapse. This week, we take a look at the causes of burnout, how to know if you’re in it, and how to get back.

Main Point: To avoid burnout, ask the most important question, practice the most important discipline, and remember the most important word.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever been in a period of burnout or close to someone who has? What was it like?

  2. Why do you think burnout is such a common experience for so many people today?

  3. Are there elements of Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 19:1-9 that you can identify with? Why?

  4. Pastor Ronnie shared three important keys to avoid or get out of burnout: space, rhythm, and don’t do it alone. Discuss these three keys together. Where in your life can you create more space and/or rhythm? Who can you talk to?

  5. What step do you need to take today to avoid burnout tomorrow?

Next Steps

Regardless of your current state, it’s critical to live in a way today that will help you thrive tomorrow. Decide on at least one change you can make in your life this week. Invite Jesus into your space and create healthy rhythms. Lay down your pride and be vulnerable with those you trust. Ask them to pray for you, and be committed to praying for them. Seek medical care or a trained counselor if needed. Whatever it is, don’t wait to take your next step.  

Key Verse 

“After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” – 1 Kings 19:12

All other Scripture References 

1 Kings 19:1-7, 11b-13

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