My friend, may I ask you a question? Does it seem that sometimes, when we are feeling burned-out, it’s really a matter of discovering for ourselves whether or not we are a smoldering fire in need of a whole lot of attention or a promising fire, able to rekindle with just a bit of tender care?
My friend, 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, that determines what you are going to do with the fire--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 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 hap- pens 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 whether or not we are a smoldering fire in need of a whole lot of attention or a promising fire, 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, God’s heaven is always more promising than these natural surroundings. If you think you can, you probably will.
"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, there are so many times in life when we run into crossroads. We’ve been working hard and trying to reach our goals for success. We pause and wonder, is it worth it after all? Is all the effort going to help us reach our goal? Should we quit, or should we keep going, despite the fact that everything seems unpredictable, even dire? Forgive us Father when we doubt that You care, that You have an eye on our striving and will give us what we need to succeed if only we believed that You will always be there no matter the circumstances and situations. Thank You Father for Your grace and mercy. May we never take it for granted; may we never forget that it is You who will win the day, if only we place our trust in You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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