SPIRITUALLY TIRED

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Psalm 57 this week. And let me tell you why …

I have a confession to make, occasionally I get really tired, really tired. I’m talking tired emotionally, physically and yes, spiritually. Sometimes I get this way because Satan has been pounding on me. Other times it’s because I’m pushing myself to the limits, over-scheduling, or sometimes it’s simply because I’ve been giving all the spiritual food and not taking time to feed myself. But when it happens, as it has the last couple of weeks, the effects in my life are obvious. When I get tired, here are some of the signs I see…

  • Instead of feeling like getting up and attacking the world I begin feeling overwhelmed.
  • Instead of feeling compassion for others I feel callused.
  • I become critical of others.
  • I get frustrated easily.

The amazing thing is, most people would never believe that a minister, elder or leader would ever get tired, spiritually drained or emotionally worn down. Believe it or not, it happens and thankfully there are examples in the bible of people feeling the same way I do at times. On more than one occasion Jesus felt this way. How did he deal with it? He’d go off by himself and spend time with his Father. And while I can find comfort in that, I also remember that Jesus was God’s son, deity, he could handle it.

And then there was David, who shows me exactly what to do and how to handle this situation. In Psalm 57, King Saul has been chasing David all over the country trying to kill him. It’s there that David finds himself hiding alone in a cave obviously scared, frustrated, lonely and overwhelmed. I loved what David does …

  1. He prays, prays and then prays some more. vs.1-4
  2. He takes time to worship. He changes his focus from himself and his problems to God and how great He is. vs.5
  3. He reminds himself of God’s past faithfulness to him and decides to trust God to get him through this trying time. vs.7-11

I’m sure none of you feel overwhelmed (smile). I’m sure your compassion level for others never bottoms out (right?). And I’m sure you never get tired emotionally, spiritually or physically, but just in case you do Psalm 57 is a great place to spend a little time.

  • Do you ever feel this way?
  • How do you get through it?
  • And, does it surprise you that people who are supposed to be spiritual leaders ever feel this way?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1158 articles by
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  1. Zach Detwiler says:

    man oh man… I understand this to the T.. There is nothing like drainage in all three of those areas. Just remember to renew your mind and worship the Father… that always gets you going again. Trey your post are incredible and I enjoy them daily, really lets other people know that their struggles are not just their own.. we all have them. Have a good thursday bro,
    Zach

  2. Matthew says:

    Thank you for sharing with us. It is encouraging to see others working hard too. Thank you for your great ministry.

  3. David says:

    It does not surprise me at all, but it is still nice to hear the admission. It helps those of us not in the ministry feel better about our weaknesses when we see that even those such as yourself can get tired and worn out physically, emotionally, and yes, even spiritually.

    I experienced fatigue much of the time I was in grad school. I was working full time and going to school full time. I was also putting immense pressure on myself to perform at very high levels. I felt lazy if I didn’t maintain a 3.5+ GPA. It wore me out, which in turn made me tired, angry, and short with people. It hurt me and it hurt my marriage. Luckily, I have a great wife who supported me and was more than ready to help me out of my funk once I was willing to change.

    During the second half of grad school, I made a promise to keep one day a week free of school work. I spent this time with my wife doing whatever we wanted. It was great knowing that no matter what happened, I was going to have a day free during the week where I wasn’t going to worry about school. If something didn’t get done, so be it. This was a total change for me (and not easy initially). However, once I got used to relaxing, I became much more productive and happy.

    During Tim’s last sermon series called “Old School”, he had one sermon called “Recess”. He told us how important it was to rest. And what I learned from my school experience was that when we get too overloaded, God will give us rest. God commands us to rest, even He took a day off from creating the world to REST! If rest were not important, we wouldn’t function best when we sleep for a third of the day. No matter how busy we get, we must take time to step back and relax. Unfortunately, our society often forgets this. Some countries shut down work for an entire month during the year.

    Whether exhaustion is mental, physical, or spiritual, rest is important. There are many to be saved, but you don’t have to do it all in one day. Rest does not mean you are letting those around you down by being unproductive. Not giving yourself rest means letting yourself down.

  4. DJG says:

    Really, I am shocked you guys don’t burn out more often…

    I get really burnt-out sometimes. I just have to get away and regroup. Sometimes physically distancing myself from everything that is making me tired…

  5. preacherman says:

    Trey,
    I think we all feel this way as ministers brother. I know I do and for the exact same reasons you mention. I know personally if I don’t take care of myself spiritually them I will burnout. I have before.
    There was once in my time when I was spiritually and totally burned out on ministry, God, and life. I totally for one year left ministry and rebelled against God, and neglect what I needed to do as a Christian. During that one year though I learned a lot about the Church and how ministry needed to Change. How church needed change. I learned that I couldn’t run from God no matter how hard I tried.
    He was always right there.
    Like Even Almighty.
    God was in the backseat. Sidewalk. Everwhere. I was, God was there too. When you are called by God you can not avoid your calling.

    This past year has been a total life changing experience for me. I nearly died in ICU. My faith and relationship with God was incredible. Stronger than ever. Still is. I understand that it is a love relationship. I have some days and weeks of extreme amount of pain. I have been on a lot of medication. There are things in my life that I can’t do that I could do with my kids before GBS and I get frustrated and mad at God sometime. I have been depressed over the passed year. You don’t hear minister admitting depression to often. You often hear quick fix’s, think on postives, and you will be happy right away. You don’t hear about ministers being on anti-depressants. The pain would be so bad at times that I would have thoughts I shouldn’t have as a Christian. I would never act on those thoughts (I have wonderful wife and kids to think about, eternity question too). I have struggled with the questions does grace cover it? Does God really give us more than we can bare? The Psalms have been a blessing in my life in ministry, and over the past year as well. I am blessed to be at a congregation who understands and is letting and giving me time to heal. It blows my mind when I think back on it; how many churches of Christ would have let their preachers stay on and actually preach from a wheel chair? I am blessed. God is good.

  6. Stachia says:

    There have been many days of frustration, weariness, and being overwhelmed. But each time those days appear something or someone comes along that reminds of how blessed I am. These types of days come for all of us but isn’t it cool to know that as long as we stay focused that there will be none of those days in heaven. James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy to face trial of many kinds, because the testing of your faith develops perserverance.”
    Glad to know that even preachers have these feeling to……

  7. Liss and MOMMY says:

    I have thought about this all day. Trying to think of the right words of encouragement. I can tell you a lot of things. The truth is I get burned out (exhausted) being a mom, Cody gets tired of being a doc and we get run down on being a Christian too. I know that might sound crazy but in the end we know our life will be rewarded for the choices we make. And every time we come out of the cloud of being run down guess who was there all along?
    It happens, we get tired. Sometimes I think I want to be encouraged why do I have be the happy one all of the time. Then the pity part is over and I get on with this great life God has given me. I know you are shocked I actually posted something without trying to be funny.
    Love ya Trey Keep on being you!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes even a servant like me gets tired of satan and his followers! I guess I get most annoyed with people who come into the store I work with that can push a store cart from one end to another to buy thier grocries and yet when unloading thier cart tend to leave it in the middle of no mans land for others to hit! I guess what I am saying is I am tired of how selfish and self centerd people can be and then they blame others for being the same way. I guess this is all I have to say for now!

    Brandon Voss
    admin@trinetdesign.com
    http://www.trinetdesign.com

  9. Anonymous says:

    By the way it’s my “30′th” Birthday! Today!

    Brandon Voss

  10. Jeanne M. says:

    Please remember that even Jesus needed time to “get away” and just be with His Father. Please, you who minister to others, please remember to allow God to minister to you. You are all precious to those of us who “sit in the pews” and we love and appreciate you more than we tell you.

  11. Justin says:

    I think everyone is tired, Christian or not. This country is moving way too fast, and it is hard to keep up! I’m only 21, and it’s hard for me sometimes too!

    Being spiritually worn out is different, and I believe Satan prefers us to be that way. When we are tired, we aren’t fighting him back as much! I’m reminded of 1 Peter 5:8-10. I have this verse on my refrigerator, and it really helps me!

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    I appreciate everyone’s thoughts. Justin – you’re right about Satan. If he can’t make us sin, he’s content with just keeping us very busy.

  13. Greg says:

    Many years ago I decided to intentionally get down off the pedestal the church wanted me to stand on and be more “real” to them, including admitting things of this nature. I was called aside by the “retired” minister’s wife (he actually never retired which was the source of many problems at that church and my ultimately leaving it) and told I should never admit weakness to the church, that I needed to be strong for all of them. That’s BS and leads far too many good men and women to try and live as superhumans. I appreciate your honesty in this blog. (Not that I think you lie the rest of the time! :) )

  14. Anonymous says:

    Trey not even a happy birthday to me? :P

    Brandon Voss

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Happy 30th Birthday Brandon … My friend!!! Hope it’s a great one!!!

  16. James says:

    Trey,

    A recent find is Psalm 73. Asaph, a worship leader shares his struggle and the hope in God. Yes we do have those down times and need time of refreshing.
    James

  17. Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes says:

    Trey,

    Been there, done that, have the t shirt several times a week.

    Love your transparency bro!

    Ellis

  18. Anonymous says:

    Jt is great to pick and choose what a person wants out of the Hebrew sciptures to comfort themselves but neglects other things. A person mentioned taking a day of rest. That is not what it says. It mentioned a SPECIFIC day, who changed it? It is so easy to have a scapegoat to blame all our problems on, SATAN!!! Where did that concept come from? Certainly not from those same scriptures you pick and choose. Read about the true
    HaSatan the servant of GOD in those same Hebrew scriptures and his role under HIM. Not in the Christian Old Testament but the Tanakh. Trey, appreciate your honesty in posting even in disagreement sometimes. Al

  19. Falantedios says:

    Look, I just don’t understand how you guys can possibly be so whiny and worn-out. You only work on Sundays and Wednesdays!

    *wink*

    Psalm 57 is genius!

    in HIS love,
    Nick

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