My name is Paul Kuzma; I am a Jesus follower, a son, a husband, a father, an uncle, and a friend. I served over 29 years as a Pastor at one church until I came to my current full-time role as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, and the Director of Center for Spiritual Renewal East. I served as a Chaplain at the Simi Valley (CA) Police Department for over 15 years, and am now a Chaplain with the Montgomery County (VA) Sheriff’s Office. I also currently serve as an Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Courses Coach & Director of EHD Course Coaches for Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.
It used to be that when people would ask me to tell them about myself, I would start with the phrase, “Well, I’m a Pastor ….” and then continue on with the other descriptors of what I do. I didn’t realize then that God loves me just for who I am, not for what I do.
In February of 2001, I entered a period of my life unlike any other. I burned out. Believe me, it didn’t happen overnight, nor did I come out of it overnight. It was a gradual process on both ends.
However, one of the things I learned on my journey out of burn out is that who I am is not defined by what I do. It was a painful lesson because a lot of my own self-worth had been to that point derived from what I did with my life.
I have since learned that first and foremost, I am a son of the Living God, Who paid with the life of His own Son, Jesus, the price of my sin. I learned that through all of my sin and brokenness, God never loved me any less. I learned that there is nothing I (or you) could ever do to make God love me (or you) any more than He already does. Even more poignant is the lesson that there is nothing I (or you) can do to make God love me (or you) any LESS than He already does!
Those were, and still to this day remain, life-transforming lessons. They are simple, but so deeply profound. When I forget those truths, I get lost, busy, distracted and tired. When I live in them, I remain focused, calm, centered on Jesus and find myself more able to live in the trenches of life on God’s strength when I get tired.
What led me to burnout is a lengthy and complex story. If you’re interested in it, click here.
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