Cling tightly to your faith in Christ, and always keep your conscience
clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences;
as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. (I Timothy 1:19 NLT)
Today after I took my shower, I used a new towel I recently
bought. It is real thick. The thinning process of towels go
undetected. Too slow to be observed either by the eye or by touch
towels thin and before you know it, you can see through your towel.
They aren't very absorbent when you can see through them. But a
brand new towel is awesome. My towel today was so absorbent, I
had to get a drink after I used it!
But, my old towel isn't to blame. It served me well. It was faithfully
there every morning! Occasionally it was called to wax the car,
to clean up a spill in the living room. It was lost in the trunk for
several months and spent a few weeks in the garage.
The new towel is thick and impressive simply because it hasn't
had the experiences. It's just getting started.
If we are thin and repelling, we are headed for a shipwrecked
faith. Typically a shipwreck is caused by a storm or collision.
In our Christian walk, we collide with the enemy constantly. Yet,
the Lord strengthens us so that we can endure the collision, yes,
even overcome it and sail on. No matter how severe the storm,
Jesus says, "Peace be still!"
Let me give you 4 things to try once you start to thin out.
First, get some sleep fast! You need 8-10 hours of sleep for several
days in a row. Secondly, break your routine. Whether it is a brisk
walk a couple times a day or spending a few hours with a new hobby,
break the monotony. Thirdly, increase your prayer time and Bible
reading. Finally, guard your mind against the invasion of temptations
and destructive behaviors. When we are burned out, we are more likely
to say and do things we will later regret.
Father, I praise Your name today for keeping me at the helm. I Jesus
Name I lift up everyone who may be facing such storms and collision
that shipwrecks seem inevitable. I pray that You will steer them back
on course. I pray for those who feel thinned out. I pray that You
will help them absorb all You have in order to build them up.
In Jesus' Name, AMEN!