This week I’ve written about things that make us tempted to half quit. Some things make us want to totally quit. Other things just drain energy away without us really noticing. I have to be honest, I am kind of glad I am not preaching this week.
It is just a stubbed toe (swollen, painful, etc.) But that is enough to be a distraction and make concentrating a challenge. At the same time I am looking forward to preaching next week. What is draining you? It could be something physical, it could be a family relationship, or a soured friendship, or an ongoing challenge in the church, or, or, or…
There are any number of potential energy drains. Maybe it is just me, but there’s this weird inconsistency. Sometimes something is going on that drains energy and becomes the central focus of my prayer life. Other times I seem to just try to cope. What is that all about? I haven’t really prayed much about the toe, I suppose it doesn’t seem important enough. But what if my energy is sapped, my concentration is broken, perhaps my attitude is a bit more negative, etc.?
I suppose this isn’t too profound a thought, but I wonder if something is draining you, and I wonder if you are trying to cope in your own strength? Let’s be sure to be fully abiding in the vine as we head into another Sunday, whether we’re preaching or not.