Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

Burnt Out?

Today's verse just seems to fit, at least it does for me. One of the biggest challenges I have is staying energized, and not allowing myself to become burnt out. Of course this is a challenge for everyone, especially parents. Parents work all day, and then head home to their wonderful, screaming children. Sometimes I wonder how they do it!?

For myself, just staying caught up is a challenge. Of course I have my normal job, and then I have church activities, and then programming/ writing for Simple Devotions, and then all those other wonderful aspects of life. Now please understand I am not complaining, but sometimes it just seems overwhelming... just seems like I can't accomplish everything on my plate.

One of my favorite comics is Calvin and Hobbs, where Calvin is talking about how much stuff he has to do. He looks up and says, "God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things... and right now I am so far behind that I will never die."

Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like things are just overwhelming, or that you are too far behind and you can't catch up? Or maybe you just work, and work, and work and stretch yourself out until there is nothing left... until you become burnt out.

What I enjoy about this verse, is that it says that even youth, even those who are young and in shape grow tired. Even young, vibrant men stumble and fall. But as long as we keep our faith and our hope in God, He will renew us. He will give us the strength to keep going, to run and not grow weary.

Today, no matter what is on your plate, or how far behind in life you are, just remember that God will give you the strength to keep going... If you put your faith in Him. Because unlike the youth, and the young men, and well the rest of us... God does not grow tired, or weary. He does not get "burnt out," but instead He rekindles the flame when we do.