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3 Ways You're Contributing to Your Overwhelm in Ministry [EP:105]

Do you feel like your time and energy is being taken over by all there is to do? Is the pressure from all the things weighing heavily on you? Do you feel like you’ve lost control? Are you in a constant cycle of putting out fires and feel like you’re trying to keep your head above water. Do you sometimes feel like it is just too much? 

That's overwhelm.

Now, I realize that overwhelm is a word that you may not use readily in your vocabulary.  In fact, you may shy away from it or flat out deny that you are dealing with overwhelm. The idea of overwhelm has been connected to weakness because one of the definitions of overwhelm is to be overpowered by something that is stronger. And we like to think we’re in control, even when things are out of control. We think that as long as we manage the mess, we’re not overwhelmed. 

Let me share for a moment, a bit more about what overwhelm can be.

  • To bury or drown beneath a huge mass
  • To defeat completely
  • To be inundated
  • To be too much

Some similar words are: swamped, saturated, overloaded, overburdened.

That is a place that many of us find ourselves. We are swamped. There is too much. We are inundated.  You may be buried beneath the heavy load of tasks to complete, projects to manage, events to plan and execute, staff to encourage and equip, sermons and bible studies, helping people in the midst of difficulty. We carry the responsibility of raising our kids, loving our spouse, serving our neighbor...there are so many roles and responsibilities that you carry. You may be buried beneath the heavy load of watching the devastation that many are experiencing. 

We are constantly immersed in all there is to do and the emotions, the pain, the problems, the suffering that not only affect the people around us, but directly impacts our lives.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most of us are dealing with overwhelm.

One of the main goals of this podcast is to help you break free from overwhelm. I realize that is no small task. I wish there was a quick fix...three steps I could tell you to follow so you never deal with it again. But it’s complicated. It’s not just a matter of lessening the sheer number of tasks or responsibilities...it involves deep inner work and that’s never fun. It’s necessary! But it is hard.

As we consider breaking free from overwhelm, I know there are things that are out of your control. So today I want to look things you CAN control that can help lessen the burden that you carry.

Here's What We Unpacked in the Episode

3 Ways You're Contributing to Your Overwhelm 

  1. You’re waiting for someone else to do something about your overwhelm. 
  2. You’re doing things God never asked you to do. 
  3. You aren’t taking time to process your pain. 

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