Don't Worry about John
The freedom in admitting our limitations is that we get to follow John the Baptist's footsteps and say, “I am not the Christ.” It means that I don't have to know everything, I don't have to fix everything, and I'm not expected to be everywhere at once. I'm one person that God created and dearly loves, and I get to just be that one person.
I'm one person that God created and dearly loves, and I get to just be that one person.
It's like what Jesus said in response to Peter at the end of the Gospel of John. Peter said, "Hey, what about John? What's going to happen with John?" And Jesus said, "Don't worry about him, I'll take care of him. You follow me."
There's a great freedom in that. I don't have to carry what's going to happen to “John” on my shoulders—Jesus is going to carry that. I need to look to him and trust what he's saying to me. I don't have to take all of that on. Instead, I can just be the one person that I am, in the one place that I am, at the one time that I am, day by day. There's great freedom in that.
We wrestle with this invitation to do a truly great thing by serving the least, while inside of us and outside of us, we're pressured to make much of ourselves.
The antidote I need is to remember that each of us has been called with different gifts.
God is good, and we will experience that goodness if we humble ourselves in the midst of burnout and become teachable.