I remember a few years ago hearing a message by Bill Hybels. He spoke about the gauges on his personal dashboard. If my memory serves me well, he said that his spiritual gauge was looking good, but something was wrong. He was heading for burnout, but not because of spiritual issues. He said that he learned there were more gauges than just spiritual. If you remember the message, feel free to comment and correct my ten year memory. But the point is a good one.
What is the reading on your spiritual gauge? Are you walking in step with the Spirit, living close to Jesus and spending time in His presence through His Word? What about your emotional gauge? Are you taking time to rest, to laugh, to play, to wrestle with your children or enjoy a walk in creation? What about your physical gauge? Are you getting the sleep you need, ingesting healthy fuel and burning energy (and stress) through running, gym-time, judo or traditional native dance? And let’s ask about the mental gauge too. Are you being stimulated in your thinking through a variety of reading, some stretching, some relaxing, some outside your primary areas of focus, etc. And what about stimulating conversation? That may be hard to come by, but in the context of healthy relationships, it can work wonders on all four gauges!
Whatever gauges you have on your dashboard, take a reading from all of them. It could be devastating to be looking at only one of them and find yourself burning out unawares.