Age-old promise solves burnout and rust-out


Does life sometimes feel as if you’re just wandering?

The feeling can be, too often, “What will I do today and does it really matter?”

That’s possibly how the Israelites felt as they wandered for a generation in the wilderness. Today, in our uncertain geopolitical setting – with violence overseas and strange balloons being shot down way too close to home – the same feeling of being lost or insignificant can set in.

God has a plan, an answer for these uncertain times and all-too-familiar feelings that can so easily discourage: When we listen, walk and cling to God, there is incredible purpose, fulfilment and joy.

In Deuteronomy, the advice is simple: “I set  before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. .. I command you to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then, you will live and increase,  and the Lord  your God will bless you.”

This is simple, but not easy.

In our own power, we can’t do it. However, if we choose to cling to God and seek sustenance, it is possible to avoid the discouragement and discontent that causes burnout (too much activity in a bid to avoid) or rust out (a sense that life is just too slow and our days do not matter).

Love the Lord. Listen. Hold fast.

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