I've just watched a DVD of "Cheaper by the dozen". This was a popular movie that got sniffy reviews by the critics.
I rather enjoyed it. Of course, it was a farce and a lot of people think farce is beneath them. It had the full panoply of slapstick and a lot of people don't like slapstick. But I think the real reason the critics didn't like it was that it portrayed an unpopular message. It said that you can't have it all. You can't have a family and a big career. No matter how hard you work, something has to go. Or you have to be married to a saint.
A successful marriage has to be built on compromises as well as promises. It is about putting other people in the family first. A successful career depends on putting the business first. That is too big a price for a happy family to bear.
Apparently 27% of evangelical pastors a suffering from burn out. The symptoms are failure to pray, failure to read the Bible, failure to fully prepare sermons. The consequences are yielding to sexual temptations. And if pastors suffer from burn out, what about the lay-leadership, who have a career to maintain as well as church responsibilities?
Burn out comes from over-commitment; taking on too much and never learning to say, "NO". I once took a time management course which instructed me to never commit more than 40% of my work time. The rest must be for thinking. I never knew a doctor who could comply with these instructions.
In the feeding of the 5000, Jesus had compassion on the multitude who had chased after them. He had first shown compassion for the emotional well-being of his disciples by taking them to a secluded. When the crowds turned up he had compasiion for the intellectual well-being of the crowd and taught them, then he had compassion for their physical well-being and fed them. A Christian doctor must follow this example, but guard against burn out.