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The four things I heard in my heart as I set before the computer to write this article were: frustrated, tired, burned out, and lost. What do these words mean?"

FRUSTRATED: Many have not seen the results they had expected or hoped for in the last year.

TIRED: Some have gone too hard for too long and neglected themselves and/or their families.

BURNED OUT: Others have abandoned the necessity to maintain the flame in their personal walk with Jesus Christ.

LOST: Many feel like they are going through the motions of life and ministry with no purpose or true direction.Maybe you are one of these or all four. So what do you do now?

Often we fail to recognize our own symptoms and end up living in these conditions. The Bible is very clear about putting action to our faith. We can't expect things to get better until we do something about them.

Frustration can come from having the other three symptoms, but it is a typical result when a desired goal is not seen or accomplished. Frustration is usually the result of looking at the negative instead of the positive.

Change your outlook and perspective. Be thankful for what you do have and for what has been accomplished. If you are a true visionary, your daily results will never match your hopes and dreams. However, the vision can only become a reality when we walk it out one step at a time.

In the summer of 1980, I had a very real vision of some events that would take place. Twenty-three years later, I still have not seen some of those things happen. Frustrated? No way, I'm 8,395 days closer to it than I was when I began!

The biggest thing you need to learn how to say is, "No!" If we're tired it is because we have said "yes" to everyone else except ourselves and our families. When we think we have to do it, we are simply feeding our superman ego that we are the only ones who can do it right—therefore we "have to."

On your days off put your cell phone in the garage, unplug your phone, and do something fun. I promise, the office can make it while you take your day off and use your vacation days!

Burned Out?
When God seems far away, ask yourself, "Who moved?" Burnout often occurs when your personal relationship with Jesus Christ is lacking. We have to stay near the fire to maintain the flame when the storms of life blow.

Let's not work just to be doing something. Pursue purpose, direction, and God's plan for your life and career. Stop wandering aimlessly through life.

If you never have a target, how will you ever know when you hit it? The best advice I ever received was this, "When it seems like you are lost in a fog and can't find your way, go back to the last place you heard God speak." Jonah got his life back on track when he did just that!

You are a priceless gift to the body of Christ, your church, and your family. Don't give up, don't quit. Countless lives are depending on you to fulfill your calling and destiny!

Copyright © Dean Hawk Ministries
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Dean Hawk
Web site: The Rock Family Church
Dean and Kim are the founding pastors of Rock Family Church. They have been married since 1983 and they have five adult children; Alesha and her husband, Aaron, Allyson, and Preston and his wife, Melannie. In addition, they have one grandson, Asher. Since 1981 Dean has served in the full-time ministry. Prior to starting RFC in 2004, he served as a Youth and Associate Pastor in three different churches. You will enjoy Dean's practical and illustrative teaching style as he makes the Bible come alive through both topical and verse-by-verse teachings that you can apply to everyday life. Along with his current pastoral duties, Dean is also an adjunct professor at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park. Kim serves on our Executive Team as CFO, she oversees the Children's Team and the Women's Ministry. Her energetic and contagious attitude, in addition to her love for her church family is evident. Be sure and introduce yourself, they can always be found in the lobby between services. They look forward to meeting you soon!

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