This is a guest post from Scott Couchenour from Serving Strong – resources and coaching for the ministry leader to avoid burnout.
If a trillion dollars was compared to a trillion seconds of ordinary clock time, it would equal 31,546 years. If you spent $1 every second, it would take 31,546 years to spend $1 trillion.
Put another way: If someone were to build city blocks that contained 10 homes valued at $100,000 per home, you would end up with 10 houses to a block, 10 blocks to a mile and a hundred blocks per square mile. It would take 10,000 square miles to reach $1 trillion in value (an area larger than Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island combined)
If you’re watching the news at all, the US Government’s deficit is over $14 trillion dollars. Fourteen trillion dollars?! Dave Ramsey, cover your ears! Do the math. With our time comparison, if you spent $1 per second, it would take you 441,644 years to spend $14 trillion.
No one in their right mind would continuously spend more than they earn, right? Doesn’t take very long to reach a tipping point when, month after month, what goes out is more than one comes in. That why people are so interested in “balancing the budget”.
This post is not politically motivated. It’s about your ability to serve strong. When you serve others you are expending your energy. Like money, you are making a withdrawal. If you aren’t depositing back that energy (through rest, reflection, play) over time you will start to notice you, too, are “deficit spending” your energy.
We live within certain laws of nature – gravity, for example. Try to break the law of gravity by jumping off a 10-story building but I wouldn’t suggest it. All your “want” in the world won’t change the law. We also live with the law of rhythm – Circadian Rhythm. For example, grass grows – we cut it. We wake – we go to bed. The sun rises – the sun sets. Our fingernails grow – we trim them… on and on it goes. Circadian Rhythm is everywhere you look. And it’s a law we try to fool at our peril. Give and give and give without replenishing your energy. You may succeed for a while, but the law of rhythm will catch up to you. It may be a nervous breakdown or pneumonia, but you can be sure – you can’t expend energy without receiving rest.
So, the next time you start to sense fatigue (which is not a good tired) in your service to others, ask yourself, “Have I been deficit spending my energy?”
Your turn: What ways do YOU make deposits into your life?