Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Many Mountains


We all face mountains in our lives. There are mountains we have to climb, mountains we have to go around, and mountains that we must tunnel through. Sometimes we face mountains that we can command to move. Every one of us is heading up, heading down, walking around, or tunneling through. Some have the faith to move them.
There were many mountains in Scripture. Noah floated over the mountains in a boat. Moses received the 10 commandments on a mountain. The Israelites worshipped at the mountain. David slew Goliath in a valley between two mountains. Jesus was tempted on a mountain and defeated Satan. Jesus prayed on a mountain.
Sometimes we view mountains as obstacles, but it’s after we have climbed the mountain that we usually say we have had that mountain top experience.
Remember that whatever mountain you face in your life, every mountain is a place to meet with God.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Burnout


Recently I’ve heard a lot about burnout and ministry fatigue. For some reason this reminded me of the analogy of a glass half full or half empty. I tend toward a positive outlook on most things, so I always think I see the glass as half full. But I’ve realized there is another way to view the glass.
Our lives can be at the halfway point and be either on the way up or on the way down. Both can be positive. Our lives are half full when God is filling us up. We are half empty when we have been pouring out into others. There are times for filling and times for pouring out.
If your glass is half empty and decreasing, you may have been pouring out more than filling up. It may be time to get away and let God begin to fill you again. Burnout or ministry fatigue occurs at this point. The only answer for burnout is to spend more time with God for filling than we do pouring.
Another side of this equation is when we become too full to receive more. If you don’t feel like you are receiving more from God, then it is probably time to pour into others.