Daily Thought For March 7, 2018

What is burnout? 
[Elijah] went on alone ... He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said.  (1 Kings 19:4)
We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies. (2 Corinthians 5:2)
I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart. (Psalm 38:8)
 Burnout is the emotional exhaustion that comes when reality persistently falls short of our expectations. Elijah was convinced that his spiritual victory would transform Ahab's heart and change the spiritual climate of Israel, but instead of implementing reforms, Ahab threatened Elijah's life. Just at the moment of triumph, Elijah grew depressed and quit—classic signs of burnout, which can be a particular problem for Christians. God's power is limitless, but we still live in a fallen world. When our expectations go unmet, the result can be burnout. Learn to recognize burnout before it overwhelms you and renders you ineffective for serving God. 
Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. (Galatians 6:9) 
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