(06.09.21– Burn Out -Haggai 1:5-11)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Why are we so often not prepared for the potentially devastating amount of time we waste when our best, hurried plans fail? Why do we allow ourselves to burn out?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Recently, while preparing to return from a family camping vacation hundreds of miles from home, I noticed that the left front tire of the truck seemed a little lower than the other tires. I should have been alarmed by the fact but passed it off as one of those "it will be all right" situations and began the long trek home. About twenty miles down the road, a road, by the way, full of ruts and rocks, the tire failed and I ended up replacing it in the rain on the side of the road, a narrow, muddy shoulder. Had I taken the time to inspect it before leaving camp, I would have had a much easier time working on dry ground. As I struggled in the rain, slipping and sliding on that narrow, muddy gravel shoulder, I could have kicked myself for taking a: "it will be all right" attitude. Trying to stretch my luck, as it were, ended up causing more work than had I made the effort in the first place to take the care I needed to.
Planning ahead takes time. Usually, however, the little bit of time it takes to be prepared far outweighs the potentially devastating amount of time we waste when our best, hurried plans fail. Sometimes a little thing can really make a large difference.
Here's a story: On Jan 25, 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Colombia crashed just 15 miles short of New York's Kennedy International Airport, killing 73 passengers. Reason: the plane just ran out of gas. Under international regulations, an air- liner must carry enough fuel to reach its destination as well as its assigned alternate, plus enough extra to handle at least 45 minutes of delays. Due to low fuel condition, the Avianca pilots had requested "priority" (not "emergency”) landing status. Because the exact word "emergency" was not used, and due to heavy traffic and bad weather conditions, the ill- fated plane was placed on a holding pattern until it simply ran out of gas. (Source Unknown.)
Crashing and burning is something that many of us do every day. We see the warning signs but don't heed them. We feel the pressure to do something different, but ignore the feelings in favor of the willingness to take the risk and keep going and getting as much as possible out of the situation before it turns ugly. We come up short. Although our intentions were good, our reasoning was faulty. Sometimes burnout is a result of not taking the right precautions ahead of time; making sure we are properly understanding the risks and taking on the right fuel before we start out. The Bible calls this "expecting much that turns out to be little." Take the time today to fuel up on God's Word. Don't take the risk of coming up short. Making the effort now may be all its takes to avoid a nasty crash and burn tomorrow.
We pray. Heavenly Father, crashing and burning is something that we often do and are sorry for it later. We see the warning signs but don't heed them. We feel the pressure to do something different, but ignore the feelings in favor of the willingness to take the risk and keep going and getting as much as possible out of the situation before it turns ugly. Forgive us when we don’t turn to You in the first place. Our intentions are good, our reasoning faulty. Help us by Your Spirit to take the right precautions ahead of time; making sure we understand the risks and taking on the right spiritual fuel before we start out. In Jesus name we pray. 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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