Sometimes, we have those moments when we feel completely drained emotionally. In work terms, people call this burnout. (I don’t know what it’s called when the burnout is a result from family or friends.) It’s a moment when you’ve got nothing left in the tank, when you feel like you’re just going through the motions, and anything that requires any emotional investment is met with a heart of stone.

Lance Witt describes his own experience in his book Replenish. What makes his book very practical is each chapter is about 4-5 pages with some reflection questions afterwards. This slowed down the pacing of my reading and challenged me to take inventory in my own life with very poignant questions. The fact is, what he’s presenting isn’t rocket science. Most leaders have learned many of these principles in one media or another. Witt brings it all together in this one package that could be done well as a personal study or in a group.

As I read it, some thoughts emerged: It seems our societal lifestyle perhaps needs to take a drastic overhaul. Witt challenges pastors to be the example in this life that’s not completely rushed or filled with busyness. As pastors, I feel that many of our congregations wouldn’t really understand that change of pace. In fact, they may even feel it’s unfair if we can do that but they feel locked in their own “world” and can’t live that life. It’s one thing for pastors to exemplify it. It’s another for pastors (and church leaders) to create space for their congregants to do that, and to offer practice, tangible alternatives. Also, it may take some serious pruning, vetting what is really important in our lives vs. what we claim is important. Perhaps this is one way the church of Christ could be counter-culturally revolutionary, helping the world (or at least North American civilization) to see the life God intended.

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