My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometimes, when we are feeling burned-out, is it really a matter of discovering for ourselves if we are a smoldering fire, destined to burn out and in need of a whole lot of attention, or a promising fire, merely waiting to be stoked and able to rekindle with just a bit of tender care?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’m a nut about campfires. Since we camp a lot, I guess that I need to be. One thing that I’ve discovered is that there is a point with every fire where you reach that crossroads of “half-empty” or “half-full.” It’s the critical juncture where the fire could either go out or, with a poke or a shove here or there, rekindle. This is the point at which the fire could go either way and it is a matter of thinking which way, it’s almost dead or almost there. Being able to make the determination whether the fire is about to die or about to rekindle determines what you are going to do with it–either stoke it or add more wood.
In a way our lives are sort of like that campfire. We go along full of energy and then we come to a point where we start to feel in need of something. We’re not sure if the need is based on stopping or starting. We could go either way–burnout or burn-on. Much depends on our perspective of what is needed–a sit-down with a good book and a nap or a trip to the psychiatrist.
Chuck Swindoll writes: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company . . . a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past . . . we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our attitudes.” (Charles R. Swindoll)
Sometimes, when we are feeling burned-out, it’s really a matter of discovering for ourselves if we are a smoldering fire, destined to burn out and in need of a whole lot of attention, or a promising fire, merely waiting to be stoked and able to rekindle with just a bit of tender care. It really is a matter of attitude. If we focus on up-look rather than outlook, on heaven as opposed to this earthly mess often surrounding us, God’s heaven is always more promising than these natural surroundings. If you think you can, you probably will. Not a bad motto for living life–right?
We pray. Heavenly Father, Dear God, teach me how to make the most of my time so I will prioritize and manage my day with wisdom (Psalm 90:12). I’m tired of being the daily victim of the urgent versus what’s really important. Most of all, let me not forget to acknowledge You and submit my schedule to You before I commit to a single activity. Give me the courage to say no when it is appropriate and wise to do so. Let me not allow worldly values to drive me to acquire things or pursue vain goals that keep me from getting proper rest. Teach me how to wait in Your presence. I stand on Your Word, trusting You will renew my strength like that of the eagle and cause me to soar to new heights. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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