Jonathan's Blog


Sometimes I look at my travel schedule and my stomach turns, it’s kinda like emotional motion sickness. I have recently been asking myself the question, “How fast is too fast?” In the past, I have travelled very hard, and yet I have found that burn out does not come simply from working hard. Burnout is more often a result of working hard and working wrong. Here are the biggest culprits.
  1. Operating out of a poverty spirit. “If I don’t work hard then I will not have enough!” This perspective comes from a heart of lack that does not trust the Lord as provider. The Lord does not bless hard work from a spirit of unbelief. It is important to trust Him to provide as we put our hand to the plow.
  2. Operating from an orphan heart. “If I don’t do this, then I will not feel significant.” If you gain your significance from your work, then you have built your identity upon a foundation that can be easily shaken. Satan loves this. It is so easy for him to ruin your day, week, or entire life when he simply pulls the rug out from under you.
  3. Operating out of the fear of man. “If I don’t do this, then people will say, people will think, etc.” Being motivated by the fear of man is a fire that is never quenched. It will keep consuming you until there is nothing left to give.

All three of these culprits (and many more) come from not having a firmly established identity in Christ. An identity where you know that you are completely loved and worth dying for; that in His presence is fullness of joy, fullness of freedom, and pleasures forever more!

The question that I ask now is not, “How fast is too fast?” The question is “What heart am I operating out of?” It is vital that I maintain a heart of rest and identity as a son that is beloved of the Father.

I would encourage you to take your spiritual pulse today and be sure that you are operating from the right foundation. It could save you from a world of pain and burnout!