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Circumcision of the Heart
Today we find ourselves in a caustic environment that is causing a lot of burnout. Everywhere we turn we hear and read about people who are feeling overwhelmed. From doctors and nurses in the health care profession, to school teachers trying to figure out how to teach their students. The statistics are staggering. It seems like weekly we hear more about the great resignation. Individuals fed up with their jobs and simply quitting and walking away. This is commonly referred to as burnout.
What are a few symptoms of burnout? Difficulty concentrating. Feeling fatigued. Physical and/or mental exhaustion. Lack of sleep. A cynical outlook on work and life. This isn’t an exhaustive list, there are certainly several more symptoms. But you get the idea. Do you have any of these symptoms?
What about spiritual burnout. Can that happen? Sure it can. Did God give some instruction about how that could be overcome? Yes, of course He did. Our loving Father in heaven knew that as humans when we hit burnout we tend to shut down, pull back, become cynical. Possibly to the point of being callous. Not caring anymore.
Too often when we feel burned out, our care for others diminishes, too. The Apostle Paul admonishes us not to grow weary while doing good. Especially to those who are of the household of God.
God said I “the Lord God will circumcise your heart”. He would remove the hardness of our hearts. But we need to ask Him. To seek Him. To draw close to Him. To love Him with all our heart and with all our soul. He can and will help us overcome spiritual burnout.