We read in Galatians 6:9 (NCY) “We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.”
Do you ever just get tired in life? Today you hear the term “Burn-out” a lot. Burnout occurs when we give out more than we take in. We go from giving out to giving up.
Cars that aren’t refueled will run out of gas. Wells that are not replenished with water will run dry. Batteries that are not recharged will have no power. We are not any different. A Christian that is not refueled, replenished, and recharged will burn out.
One of the most touching moments in the Sydney Olympics was when Eric “The Swimmer” Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea swam in the 100-meter free style qualifying heat. The 22-year-old African had only learned to swim less than a year earlier, had only practiced in a 20-meter pool without lane markers, and had never raced more than 50 meters. By special invitation of the International Olympic Committee, under a special program that permits poorer countries to participate even though their athletes don’t meet customary standards, he had been entered in the 100-meter men’s freestyle.
When the other two swimmers in his heat were disqualified because of false starts, Moussambani was forced to swim alone. Eric Moussambani was, to use the words of an Associated Press story about his race, “charmingly inept.” He never would put his head under the water’s surface and flailed wildly to stay afloat. With ten meters left to the wall, he virtually came to a stop.
Some spectators thought he might drown. Even though his time was over a minute slower than what qualified for the next level of competition, the capacity crowd at the Olympic Aquatic Center stood to their feet and cheered the swimmer on. After what seemed like an eternity, Eric reached the wall and hung on for dear life. When he had caught his breath and regained his composure, the French-speaking Moussambani said through an interpreter, “I want to send hugs and kisses to the crowd, it was their cheering that kept me going.”
As Christians, we have a cheering section encouraging us on when we are tired and calling out to us to do better when we are feeling at our best. Paul the Apostle put it best when he said, “We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up.” (Hebrews 12:1 NCY) Paul is telling us that we are a part of something much richer and deeper than we know. As children of God and as brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, we are a part of a family. There may be some who are tired. Let’s be that encouragement that helps to cheer them on.
Pastor Allen and his wife Molly have been pastoring Praise Tabernacle for 20 years.
Having grown up in Canada as the son of a pastor, he began pastoring over 34 years ago. Before graduating college, he met Molly, his wife of 35 years, at school. Together they have pastored in Canada and Maine before coming to RI.
They also have raised two children, Margo and Levi. Margo is married to her husband Devon Philbrick, and Levi is married to his wife Gilannie.
Margo and Devon have a baby girl named Petra. Levi and Gelannie have two beautiful girls Gia, and Zoë, ages 2 & 3.
As the Rhode Island director of Christians United for Israel, Pastor Allen strongly supports the State of Israel. His strong desire is to encourage people in their faith and to tell unbelievers that God is their friend and not their enemy.