Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” I Kings 19:3-4 (NIV)
“Oh no, I just can’t take it anymore, ” said the short stocky woman standing behind me in the market.
I briefly turned around and gave the middle-aged woman a half-hearted smile.
“Can you believe this? ” she shouted from the top of her lungs. “I spent three hours in this store and now I can’t find my wallet!”
The cashier kept ringing up the customer groceries in front of me and having no interest whatsoever in what the woman in our line was declaring to those around her.
“What on earth am I going to do?” the woman behind me kept mumbling over and over again.
Then, out of nowhere, this woman starts asking if anyone could help pay for her over flowing shopping cart of food.
Not one person in line or the vicinity where we stood responded to her question.
“Alright” the woman declared in an aggravated tone. “Will someone at least help me out here?”
I couldn’t help but turn around and stare at the woman.
“I’m not crazy. I bet you think I’m crazy don’t ya?”
Before I could answer this woman, the store manager with a police officer showed up.
The woman immediately began screaming and yelling obscenities.
“Okay Miss, ” said the tall slender store manager towering over the woman. “How many times have I told you to stay out of this store?”
As the police officer and the store manager escorted the woman from the store, I felt pity for her.
When I got waited on next, I asked the cashier if she knew this woman.
Much to my surprise, she did.
It seems that the woman once spent her waking hours working in a near-by church and helping the less fortunate in the community.
The cashier explained that this lady had a nervous breakdown and since that time, she is the total opposite of what she used to be.
As I drove home, I couldn’t help but to think about this woman and what was her tipping point.
Was she spiritually depleted?
Or a victim of spiritual attention deficit disorder?
As Christians, there are a number of us who believe that working “inside the church” is a cure-all for all.
But it isn’t.
Our lives must evolve first around God and then He enables us do His work in His strength and not our own.
A spiritual deficit can occur at any time and when you least suspect it.
Actually, the spirit of spiritual deficit harbors in a disguise of making the Christian feel that they can only accomplish God’s will by taking on four and five ministries and setting no time whatsoever to be with God.
Even Jesus took advantage of resting.
Of course, Jesus didn’t give up His mission to do the Father’s will.
Nevertheless, Jesus sure knew how to place Himself aside for a period of time to renew Himself for the work ahead of Him.
Although we are only in the fifth day of a new year, there may be someone who needs to know that having a spiritual deficit isn’t the fault of God but of one’s own choosing.
If you want to rid yourself of a spiritual deficit, you must first start with re-investing in God’s plans for your life.
There is help for you if you are dealing with depression or overwhelm with life itself at Christians In Recovery.
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