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When SHE gets burned out


My phone is officially on hospice. It’s in the end stage of its short 2 ½ years of life. How do I know? Well, for starters my battery life can barely sustain itself for more than 4 hours if it’s being actively used. Then it does this really cute thing where it will automatically dim the screen light to near darkness whenever I attempt to watch a recorded video. I should have known that it would live a rough life when I had to get it replaced for the 3rd time within a year and a half, but its camera could not be beat so I stuck with it through sickness and health...but definitely more sickness.

If you are a semi-digital conspiracy theorist like myself, you would probably agree with the theory that most phones “conveniently” start to malfunction around the end of their contract timeline. The understood idea is that if companies can get you frustrated enough with your current phone, that it will encourage you to go out and buy the latest update, which only binds you into another 2 year contract.

So you’re stuck with the decision to either upgrade or make the best out of what you have...dimmed screen and all. I think I have a hard time letting go of my old phone, simply because we get each other. I too, know what it feels like to have plenty of storage for new experiences and opportunities. To be fully charged going into the day and still have some power left by the time I go to bed. But over time, without proper care and maintenance those areas of strengths can easily turn into an overwhelming burnout feeling. If untreated, it can impact other areas of your life that were healthy and functional. Not to say my phone is in its prime, but I could probably pinpoint things that caused it to slow down and begin to malfunction a lot faster than expected:

1. When my original manufacturer’s approved charger eventually frayed and stopped charging properly, so I decided to buy the generic brands. Although I would always get some warning or error message encouraging me to use an approved charger, I kept on using the knock-offs because it didn’t cost me as much.

What artificial source are you using to charge the areas of your life?

Unhealthy friendships/relationships? Money? Status?

2. It would be too embarrassing and quite frankly painstaking to count the number of times I’ve dropped my phone. Stepping out of my car. Unplugging it from the wall. Or even in the middle of a text. My heavy duty phone case is full of battle scars from involuntary plummets onto hard surfaces.

What difficult circumstances have you come across that have knocked you down more times than you can count? Even if people can’t see the battle scars from the outside, It doesn't mean our inner most parts haven't been shaken.

When we start to get to the end of our warranty, the temptation is to trade in our current situation for what seems better, faster, and more modern. Now in the case of my phone, I definitely need an upgrade. But my life is more complicated than that. Sometimes the solution to the burnout feeling is going back to our original manufacturer and surrendering the areas of our lives that He alone can make new.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

-Isaiah 43:18-19


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