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Fighting Burn-out

A story from the 1970’s offers a humorous look at burn-out: No matter how tired you may be, No matter how tired you may be, your exhaustion is justified as can be proven by simple arithmetic. The U.S. has a population of 200 million. Of these, 72 million are over 65 years old, leaving 128 million to do the work. When you subtract the 75 million people under age 21, you are left with 53 million to do the work. There are also 24 million employed by the Federal Government, which leaves 29 million to do the work. The 12 million in the Armed Forces leave only 17 million to do the work. When you subtract from this the 15,765,000 who are in state and city offices and 520,000 in hospitals, mental institutions and similar places, that leaves 715,000 to do the work. Fine, but -- 462,000 are unemployable, leaving only 253,000 to do the work. There are 252,998 people in jail, leaving -- you guessed it -- just two people to do the work. You and me. And I’m getting tired. As you face a new world and all of its unforeseen developments, do you personally face it with encouragement through the strength of the Lord? Or do you feel a little unsettled, counting and feeling the years, somewhat spent, somewhat discouraged, a little fatigued? Are you burdened with too many responsibilities; too many opportunities to possibly fail? Consequently, you are feeling and fighting burn-out in your life. You may feel alone as you drift along trying to sort it You may feel alone as you drift along trying to sort it all out. But great men and women of the Bible have felt the same way, faced the same challenges, as all of us. Consider Moses. The Israelites are complaining and whining to Moses for the 323rd time, or so it seems, this time about the food. Numbers 11:4-6, The Egyptians (or the rabble) with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna.” Next time: The response of Moses to the people’s Next time: The response of Moses to the people’s complaining, considered, in part II of “Fighting ...

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