Pastor’s Pen: Burnt out
By Layton Dutton
Associate Pastor of Youth
Calvary Baptist Church
Last week I decided to bake cookies as a special treat for my Sunday School class. I had some cookie mix on the shelf and Hershey kisses to make those delicious peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kiss in the middle. They’re oh so good!
Baking cookies isn’t my thing. I don’t really have the patience. They take about ten to twelve minutes. It’s just enough time for me to start another project, but not long enough to finish it. The first batch went great, but the second fell prey to my distractions. While I was off doing something else, the cookies continued to bake. I had set the timer for the maximum amount of time, a bad idea for certain. By the time I heard the “ding” and got to the cookies, they were a little singed.
I decided to do what anyone would do. I got a bowl out and put the worst cookies on the bottom and the best ones on the top. Now it looked like a nice full bowl of perfectly baked cookies – at least from the top. My class only ate half the cookies. The burnt ones lay discovered and rejected on the bottom of the bowl.
I find I do the same with my life. I have times when life throws constant disappointments my way. I have seemly unending and overwhelming temptations. Burdens weigh heavy on my back and I’m certain I will never make it.
But only I know that. I don’t want others to know my struggles, my sins, or my pain. I hide it all under a fresh baked outside. Someone asks, “How are you?” I reply, “Fine” and go on my way. I talk of NASCAR or fishing or the basketball game and attempt to carry the pain alone.
If you have ever felt life crushing you under the weight of depression, stress or temptation; don’t cover it over. Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” And James 5:16 says, “… confess your sins to each other and pray for each other …”
Don’t get burnt out. Let other Christians do what created them to do – pray for one another and carry one another’s burdens.
“Let us not give up meeting together … but let us encourage one another...” (Hebrews 10:25)