The Exhaustion of a Job Well Done

I’ve spent a pretty intensive week working on a project that is close to my heart – really, part of my core.

Today, I am exhausted.

It’s not the same kind of exhausted I get when I mow the lawn (which I rarely do anymore thanks to teenaged sons) or clean the tub after 4 months of pretending like the crawling things are not really there.  That kind of tired leaves me feeling drained.  Done.  Dead.

This kind of exhaustion comes from a job well done.  It is a regenerating fatigue.  I might compare it to a creative hibernation.  I immerse – I complete – and though I am tired; I am rejuvenated, accomplished, anticipating the next step.

What kind of projects help you feel that way?  How often are you engaging with them?


Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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