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Reset by David Murray

"How did I get here?"

These are the words of many Christian men on the brink of burnout or in the midst of breakdown. They are exhausted, depressed, anxious, stressed, and joyless. Their time is spent doing many good things, but their pace is unsustainable― lacking the regular rest, readjustment, and recalibration they need.

But there is good news: God has graciously provided a way for men to reset their lives to a more sustainable pace. Drawing on personal experiences―and time spent counseling other men in the midst of burnout―David Murray offers weary men hope for the future, helping them identify the warning signs of burnout and offering practical strategies for developing patterns that are necessary for living a grace-paced life and reaching the finish line with their joy intact.

Day #1 - Introduction

A great start... comments by Robert Rodriguez

The introduction was powerful. The idea that everyone can be doing the same work but one person is dying inside is hitting home.  

Sometimes we work too hard and say that we’re doing it for the glory of God, but it really is just a legalistic perfectionism that thinks about how much has to be fixed if it’s not done the way that we want.  I love the five characteristics of grace that are deficient. A lot of them seem like it’s just a tweak… But it's not  - it's actually is a complete reset.  A great question that I’m gonna have to start asking myself a lot is this… Is it really my OCD tendencies or is it just a lack of grace either for myself and for others?

*I’ll try to do a chapter a day. I’m considering the introduction a chapter.
A.J Ryan writes...
The intro is powerful..just got done reading it.  I love “Mr. Grace” perspective and the assembly line of making bibles analogy. Mr ambitious says “I didn’t make enough bibles and need to work overtime to make sure the lost receive bibles”. And Mr grace says “I did the best I could today and I am trusting that God will multiply my efforts”. That was really powerful because I keep taking the burden on myself through hard work and long hours and unnecessary stress.
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Day #2 - Chapter 1 - Repair Bay #1 (Reality Check)

Man, that story about the DVT is nuts.... comments by Robert Rodriguez

But the analysis and the analogy of how it affects us is even more nuts.

I think we're all worried about burnouts and breakdowns in a distant sense, but not a real sense that it may be right around the corner.  Yeah, we all need a reality check. Looking at all the warning lights -I see a few physical, a bunch of mental, a bunch of emotional, a few relational, and a ton of vocational ones.

The moral and spiritual ones… and definitely the pastoral ones cause me to pause because my dashboard is lit up in a major way.  I love the analogy of the repair base. We first have to define what the problem is, then we have to figure out how we got here, and then go from there.  

I feel his practicality, sympathy, hope, and joy... As I'm getting used to his Scottish accent listening to the audiobook.  

The questions of where is God in all this? And what is he doing are very impactful.

*I'm very thankful for his reminder of what God says in Job that he knows where I am and that he knows what he's doing.
A.J Ryan writes...
Just read chapter 1. Agree with you in all points. I couldn’t believe how stressed out I was. It hit like every sign for the physical. I had headaches, ulcers, couldn’t sleep. I kept trying to justify it but really I was burnt out and not pausing.  That analogy was bananas! I forgot about that.
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Day #3 - Chapter 2 - Repair Bay #2 (Review)

The idea of doing an autopsy before fixing things is so foreign to me..... comments by Robert Rodriguez

I love how he basically says that if you’re not making these changes, you’re living a suicidal type of life.

In the beginning he mentioned Bill Hybels, who literally fell because of the lifestyle even after being warned. It is as important to remember that we are faulty human beings, as it is to remember that God is infinite.

Good advise - excerise 3 times a week, take 1 full day off, and spend at least one evening with your wife.

A complex body with the complex soul equals complex issues....#fire. We need good honest interpreters and counselors… Just like we need honest repairmen.

*Great chapter.
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