Serving others is an extension of serving God. They aren’t two different things. When you are serving God by serving others, there is no burnout, no resentment at the lack of gratitude. There is fatigue and weariness. There is struggle, but there is fruit, especially in your life. If serving others is making you more like Jesus, if it’s producing the fruits of the Spirit in you, then you are serving God. If serving others is taking away your joy, your peace, your patience, etc., then you are serving yourself.
Take the frustrating, slightly infuriating experiences of life and hold them up to Christ’s sufferings. Do they compare? In fact, as a child of God you have the right to share in Christ sufferings, not avoid them.
“In this world you will have trouble,” that is God’s promise, “but I have overcome the world.” Christ in you is an overcomer. How to overcome in such situations? Love conquers all. Kill them with kindness.
Peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self control,…these are your keys to overcoming and they are all yours by the Spirit.