A Burn-Out Prayer

A Burn-Out Prayer

There are times we simply need to be honest.  With ourselves. And with God. And ask for help. Ask for God’s strength in the middle of our exhaustion. David did. David the king, David the shepherd-boy, David the musician, David the warrior. He frequently asked for help...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Second Things Second

I coined a phrase years ago to help keep me focused: “Second things second”. It’s a reminder that there will always be something secondary competing for my attention and effort. And that it needs to be kept in its place, priority-wise. Many times in life we’re...
A Burn-Out Prayer

What They Kept

The clothes on your back. Two pairs of mittens, six pairs of socks, two pairs of boots, a sleeping bag. And two pounds of personal possessions. That’s what Ernest Shackleton, leader of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition told his twenty-eight member crew they...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Life Water

Have you ever been thirsty? Really thirsty. Like working all day in the sun thirsty. Or hiking in the desert thirsty. Parched and withered, and just needing a drink of water? Have you ever tasted water that was brackish or fouled? You nearly can’t stop yourself from...
A Burn-Out Prayer

Good Tacos

One of the unique things about being an elementary music teacher was getting to see every student in the school each week. Every class we’d have an opening question. Sometimes as simple as “What did you do over the weekend?” or “What do you have planned for next...