On the other hand, have you met those people who are listless and exhibit little to no enthusiasm for much of anything? Setting aside any psychological or organic disorders, they may not have ever learned the importance of zeal or having some enthusiasm in their life.
On the other hand, have you met those who volunteer for every job there is and a short time into the project they just give up? They have put so much zeal or energy into the first part of the project that they experience a form of burnout. This is what the bible passage is speaking of. People who have such a high drive for the project and they fail to manage their efforts, time and energy by spreading it out over the life of the project and then few, if any, benefit from those efforts.
If you struggle with too much zeal, consider some discipline in your life. It’ll take effort but, it’s something you can manage. When learning how to control your desire to help by spreading your time out, you will be rewarded with joy in your life and others will have a greater appreciation for you.
Our study for this Wednesday at 6:30 is, Choosing Peace and the passage is: “You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.” Matthew 6:27 We will consider: Are you a backseat driver? Do you like to maintain control of your life? Are you a self-reliant, independent person? How do these tendencies work against living a life of faith in God’s ability to take care of you? We meet at The Fine Grind, 120 E. Washington St., Greensburg.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-614-2160 or through www.doclayne.com.