"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Signs of Burnout


Last week, I read an article that listed six ways to know you’re “burned out” at work and that you should probably switch careers. I’ll touch on just four.

 

#1 Your job makes you a jerk (When you begin your job, you’re excited about employment, but as time progresses, you become irritable and cynical. People notice and prefer avoiding you.)

 

#2 You think about everything but work (At one time, increasing profits and establishing new contacts summarized your schedule, but now your mind constantly wanders to what you will do when you leave work, rather than enter.)

 

#3 You’re in a dying industry (Competitors design faster, newer, safer, cheaper, and greener products; your product feels like a waste of money. Therefore, since you’re no longer “cutting edge”, the only thing that’s “cut” is your earnings.)

 
#4 You would rather go to the dentist (Having a root canal is more enjoyable than sitting in your cubicle. Work is the absolute last place you want to be.)

 
 That’s the work place, but do you see the connection with faith? Sometimes, Christian conviction makes us moody. Sometimes, we think about everything but Jesus. Sometimes, we believe Christianity is a dying movement because morality decreases with every turn of the calendar. Sometimes, we would rather be anywhere but the House of the Lord. But, when it comes to a life with Christ, we can’t just “switch” careers. Granted, we can walk away from our job, but when we do, we walk away from every spiritual blessing.
 
 If you feel “burned out”, join a host of biblical heroes like Noah, Elijah, and David who watched their flame of faith cool. Nevertheless, they kept fighting, kept trying, kept praying, and their faith was re-kindled. When you burnout, call on the Father. He will ignite the flame.

"I Double-Dog Dare You!"


“I Double-Dog Dare You!” When those words plug the drums of your ears, you either become the hero or the victim—the legend or the loser. Dares produce damages when they lack virtuous acts.

Last week, a good ole’ chap named John Morillo from Windsor, Ontario was reminded of this cosmological truth. For years, he had been telling his friends that he could swim across the Detroit River, a river which separates Canada and the United States. After a night of drinking (first mistake), and friends daring him to do it, Morillo accepted the challenge. He dove into the river and started swimming. After about thirty minutes, he looked up and saw the Coast Guard helicopters circling him and boats sailing towards him. At that point, logic surfaced. He thought to himself, “This is really stupid”. No kidding.

The Canadian, “want to be” Michael Phelps, arrived to the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave at about 12:50 A.M. When Morillo climbed out of the river, some took his picture. Some clapped. Some laughed. Morillo had made history, but at what price? He will be fined up to $25,000 for swimming in a shipping channel. That’s one expensive swim.

Morillo’s ridiculous choices help our minds travel back to the righteous reminder of Jesus. Even if our “stunts” produce high fives and camera flashes, when we seek the praise of men over the praise of the Father, we have received our reward in full. (Matthew 6:5) In other words, it’s really not worth it.

 Live for Jesus, and Jesus alone. I double-dog dare you.

A Timeless Treasure


A man can spend his entire life with a metal detector in hand, scavenging for that perfect “treasure”; but, even if the sensor sounds, his “treasure” is often trash. Looking for a treasure is rarely a pleasure.
 
 
Every now and again, a needle is found in the haystack. Last week, some ancient silver coins were found on a hunt for something else. A Welsh farmer named Ifor Edwards dropped his keys in one of his fields and couldn’t find them, so he hired a detecting specialist; not only did the specialist find the keys, but these coins that were probably used as currency during the reign of Edward III, Henry V, and Henry VI. During the reign of these kings, the coins would have been worth only a few American dollars, but today, they have an estimated value of $700.00 a piece. If losing our keys could be as profitable as finding Edwards’ keys, we would lose our keys more often.
 
 
As Christians, we often forget that in our hands, we hold a timeless treasure. To find the treasure, it doesn’t require a metal detector or a specialized, metal detecting service. Rather, the Holy Spirit inspired this “treasure” into words that the mind can understand and the heart can appreciate.
 
 
In speaking about the words of God, David said, “They are more precious than gold…they are sweeter than honey…” (Psalm 19:10) The earthly treasure we seek will never compare to the heavenly message we find. Honor the “Book”. It’s a timeless treasure.