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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Is Your Spiritual Battery Running Low?

As men, we have a lot coming at us everyday. Family concerns, work concerns, church concerns--you name it, and it can all take a toll on us. So, how do we stay spiritually charged up for what is to come.

We can take great comfort in the fact that Jesus, at times, had to just get away from things to pray and rest. He encourages us by His actions and word to do the same thing. His word tells us, "[t]hen, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'come with my by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'" (Mark 6:31 NIV).

Do you feel overwhelmed right now? When we are at the end of our emotional rope, it is impossible to love others and engage in the minisitry that God has for each of us. God's word gives us some habits that can help us recharge our batteries:

(1) Solitude: Many of us have "so many things plugged into" our battery that it goes dead very quickly. You recharge the battery by unplugging certain things even temporarily. We do this sometimes by just getting away for a bit. It does not have to be a lengthy period. Jesus had to do this, so what makes us think that we can do without it.

(2) Play: His word says, "Jesus came enjoying life." (Matthew 11:19 PH). Jesus was very people-focused, and ministry intensive. Yet He took time to have fun. Different activities recharge people in different ways. Find out activities recharge your batteries and take some time to do them.

(3) Laughter: "Being cheerful keeps you healthy." (Proverbs 17:22 GNT). Laughter is good for your health. Take life seriously, but don't take yourself to seriously. Learn to laugh more. Read a funny book, watch a funny program on TV. God meant for us to enjoy our life. Laughter is a part of that enjoyment.

Lastly, remember that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence inside of you. You are the temple of God's Holy Spirit. Allow Him to live through you. Allow Him to recharge your batteries. He's ready, willing, and able to do so. He just wants you to come into agreement with Him.

Stay Strong.

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