My friend, may I ask you a question? We really need to ask ourselves this: is it burnout we’re talking about here or a simple lack of fuel that has led to a very charred wick??

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Is it ever fair to say that we are used up and that we have nothing left to give? If we feel this way, then there must be a point in time when that sort of burning out really does occur. Perhaps the only real question is how did we get there and how do we prevent ourselves from getting there again?

A number of years ago we had a terrible ice storm in the area. The wind and rain blew for a day or two and then the tem- peratures dropped dramatically turning wet driveways into skating rinks and power wires into huge, swaying weights. It wasn’t long and they began to snap and we lost power. My wife and I had prepared somewhat and we did have provi- sions, a fireplace and a number of flashlights. We also had my grandmother’s old oil-burning lamp. It was one of the first things I grabbed when the lights flickered and then went black. I lit a match and we had light. It wasn’t long, though, before the light began to dim and then it too went out. It seems that I had forgotten to put oil in the lamp and when the wick dried out it burned up. The lamp was useless, burned-out, because it no longer had any fuel. Even with fuel in hand, because the wick was charred, the lamp could no longer be used. Feeling burned out? As Chuck Swindoll remarks, “You’re through. Finished. Burned out. Used up. You’ve been replaced. . . forgotten? Well, it’s a lie!” (Chuck Swindoll)

We really need to ask ourselves this: is it burnout we’re talking about here or a simple lack of fuel that has led to a very charred wick? Imagine a wick that is placed in oil, and then lit. If the oil runs out, the wick burns. As long as there is oil, the wick doesn’t burn. As long as we are living in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, we don’t burn out. The question to ask: what’s burning? God tells us to “give careful thought to (our) ways” (Haggai 1:7). That means we need to make sure the lamps of our hearts are filled every day with the “fuel” of God’s Word. Burnout is serious stuff; but often it is merely the product of our negligence in attending to our spiritual flame and not a result of life’s daily woes.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord, we’ve been known to try and burn the candle from both ends, exposing the sensitive wicks of our lives to char out and burn out. Facing the problems of life alone without the help of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is one of the worst things we could do when life strikes with all of its problems and challenges. Yet Lord we so often try to do it this way because of pride, fear and disbelief. Forgive us Father for not relying, believing or trusting that You will always supply the fuel for our spiritual lamps if only we ask. Guide us by Your Word that we may be replenished daily and keep the spiritual wicks of our lives burning brightly no matter the problem. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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