“So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies” (Haggai 1:14, NLT).

Burnout is a real problem these days. A study just came out showing doctors suffer from this more than any profession. Four in ten experience depression and emotional distance from their patients, seeing them as objects rather than human beings. Disconnecting from people can happen in any profession and leads to mistakes, relationship problems and even suicide.

It’s impossible to maintain a high level of passion for any endeavor, simply because we are human. We get tired, frustrated and discouraged by problems and obstacles. We can turn cynical, selfish and angry. When our love and enthusiasm start to wane, it’s good to remember God has enough of both for everyone. He can set a little spark and fan it into a flame. God in us and God’s love in us—the only “formula” for avoiding burnout.

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