"My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits
What a testimony from someone on the edge of burnout. Of
course, Job had much reason to be concerned for financially, he
had dried up; physically, he was wasting away; maritally, there
was great discord; and his family had been lost. Great grief
was upon him, he was falling apart under the great load that
life had laid upon him.
Many of us are like that in the area of burnout.
In fact the word is a word that has come out of our generation
describing that someone has run out of fuel. Maybe that's where
you are today, feeling like you're about on empty. Maybe you
look at the gas gauge of your emotional life and it's
three-quarters (3/4) full, or it's half full, or it's only a
quarter full, or maybe the blinking light is already flashing in
front of you. How in the world are you going to get re-fueled?
How in the world are you going to cope with what is surely
evident if you keep running as fast you are running ... Burnout!
We want to look at, today, handling this one hassle of life. We
will look at, first of all, burnout: what is it; second,
burnout: how do you smell smoke; and three, burnout: putting the
fire out. The scripture is very clear but though the word is
never used in scripture, it is a buzz word for today.
I. BURNOUT: WHAT IS IT?
A word that was captured in the 80's and 90's that is indicative
of a rocket missile that is out of fuel and there is no more;
and in this space age that we live in and in the energy crisis
that we have all experienced in our life, many of us feel like
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