Out Of Gas

24 Apr


This is the third time that I have been sick in a month and a half.  It stinks… Being sick is getting really old.

If my only frustration in my life was food poisoning, that would be one thing, but that’s just the icing on the cake– a cake that consists of  recent spiritual dryness, frustrations with my shortcomings as a husband and father, being stuck in a creative funk, and enduring a never-ending Minnesota winter (it snowed this morning on April 24th!).

Every time a dream falls apart… every time the money runs out… every time I let God, others, or myself down… it all adds to the weight that I have to carry every day.

I’m beat. I’m worn. I feel like The Terminator after he tangles with the T-1000 at the end of T2: Judgment Day…

(Warning: Clip contains a swear word)

I, too, need a vacation (It seems like it is taking an eternity to get to May 11th!).

More often than I would like to admit, I give up and I throw in the towel.  Life get’s hard and I start slacking and sitting on my butt rather than going after God, stepping up in my household, and living a life of godly ambition. Rather than pushing through when I’m in the midst of the valley, I end up taking the bus rather than finishing the race…

Kinda pathetic, right? And yet I do it all the time.  How do you keep going when you’ve got nothing left? Let’s take a look at Hebrews 12:1-2…

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

When you feel the weariness and discouragement of this life, the pain and pushback, keep your eyes focused on Christ. I always try to play the big macho man and carry it all myself, but we have a great encouragements in scripture, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”  (2 Cor 12:9). One of my favorite songs of all time spells this out pretty clearly…

I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at exercise (and all the people who know me just sarcastically muttered to themselves, “Really? You don’t say!”).

You know what happens when I try to exercise by myself? Nothing. Every once in a while I’ll look at myself in the mirror and feel convicted enough to put in a couple of days of exercise, but without accountability, I don’t do well at all. When I isolate myself, I fail.

Seek out fellow Christian brothers to help you out in your race. I can’t overemphasize how crucial it is to get connected up with other believers! Seek out a mentor. Plug into a Bible study. Join a men’s group.

Whatever you do, don’t believe the lie of the “lone ranger” myth. Simon and Garfunkel were wrong: Rocks feel pain and islands cry.

-Dave Wonders


Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Klout.

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4 Responses to “Out Of Gas”

  1. Lance Wonders April 24, 2013 at 20:14 #

    The blood covers. Not just “grace” (the work of the Holy Spirit within us), but Jesus Himself shouldering ultimate responsibility for us — even for our seeming “failures”, disappointments, etc. He died on our behalf in order that, in Him, we too might “die” — and so stop taking ourselves too seriously, leaving the results in the Father’s hands alone. Too much “ambition” — even “godly ambition” — puts too much focus on ourselves and not enough “rest” and “leaving the burden with Him”. Or so, after 40+ years of walking with the Lord it still seems to me. Be at peace my son, be at peace….

  2. For the Love of God Too April 24, 2013 at 22:47 #

    Needed this reminder, seeing this need not only in myself, but in a lot of men as of late. Thanks for the reminder.

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