All of us have internal batteries that determine how much energy or effort we have to expend on the matters of life. When these batteries are charged, we can take on multiple tasks and still have strength left. When these batteries are low, even everyday jobs can overwhelm us. I have four batteries that need constant evaluation and re-charging and I’ve learned that if any of them run low, I am less than my best.
I have a personal spiritual battery that is only charged when I spend time with God in prayer, worship and scripture. I talk to God every day, but at least five days a week, I need extended time alone with Him. My goal is seven days, but in reality, that’s not always possible. When I am in a good rhythm of schedule, my spiritual battery is charged and I feel nothing can keep me from taking ground.
I also have a work battery. This is the energy supply for doing my job as pastor such as meeting with people, leading meetings, teaching, and studying. I keep this battery charged by saying yes to things that I should be doing and saying no to things someone else should be doing. When I’m operating in my strengths and my calling, I feel fully alive and able to give my best to the assignment God has given me.
I also have a dad battery. This is the energy supply I need to be a good dad to Abram and Callie. Because they are 16 and 14, the short drive from New Life to my house is my time to switch off the work battery and plug in the dad battery. My goal is not to take work home at night and not be talking on the phone when I walk in the house.
I also have a husband battery. I’m not listing this last because it’s the lowest of my priorities, but because it’s the easiest for most of us to neglect. The difference between a good marriage and a great marriage is often a matter of time invested. But time alone does not a splendid marriage make. We have to be present when we are together, ready to engage and ready to listen. We need to give energy to the relationship, not the spare change after spending ourselves all day on others. For the two of us, this means we need to get away, to separate from ordinary life and take long drives or go on short trips.
Take an honest look at the batteries in your life. Are they all charged for optimum output or do you need to make some lifestyle or schedule changes today? God has enough strength for all of us. We just have to sit and get re-charged. Your batteries will be grateful.
If want to read and learn more about healthy rhythms, my newest book, Addicted to Busy, may be helpful.