Fill ‘er Up!

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Answer this question:

(BLANK)  is my most precious resource.

Most people would say time, right? Everyone of us has the same number of hours in a day and we all choose to fill it with different thing.  Some of us decide to invest in our children.  Others may choose to pour into a job or service project.  While our choices may be different, we all have one fixed resource and that is energy.

As leaders in our various ministries, we all know the demand that is put on our energy reserve.  People, situations, tasks either give us life or drain it from us.  It becomes a constant practice to monitor our energy level, because we all know that when we’re filled, we have more to give.

How can we make sure that we are making room in our schedules to be filled?  Wisdom says that because we are so inclined to always pour into others first  that we should also be aware of how we are refueling ourselves.  This takes intentionality and can be done daily by asking:

1.  Where am I today?  Ask this question within the first hour of waking up…take notice of how you feel emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally.  Are you more tired today?  Did you get the right amount of rest?  Do you feel discouraged or optimistic today?  Spiritually do you feel defeated and alone or can you sense the nearness of God?

2.  What do I need to change in my day today so that God can tend to my health?  Think of one or two things that you can do (they don’t have to be big) that would give you life and/or rest.  A call to your best friend?  Meeting your husband for lunch?  Having 20 minutes to read?  What would give you a boost…a highlight for the day?  Now, how can you include your Father in that activity?  Maybe it’s just talking to Him on the drive to lunch?  Maybe it’s art journaling a verse.  Be intentional about including Him…remember John 13?  “Apart from me you can do nothing.”  

3.  Make the decision to do that one thing!  This is not a situation where you are being selfish…it is a time for you to be wise about taking care of yourself.  It is a choice to connect—on purpose with the one who is the filler and giver of life.  He made you be filled in a unique way.  No guilt.

Making these questions a 5 minute conversation with the Lord each morning may be just what you need to start paying attention to your own body’s warning signs of fatigue and emotional health.  We are to love the Lord our God how?  With all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.  You can serve out of an overflowing heart when Christ is the one filling it.  Have that meeting with him this week and let the Spirit lead in any changes you need to take.

If you want to go more in depth about this concept, consider coming to our annual conference in October, “A Day to Breathe” where we expound on this and really navigate how to put this in practice.  

~Dayna

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P.S.

Here’s a chance to be intentional:  Mark April 22, 2016 on your calendar and join us for a Night of Worship with Jill Miller.  You will be so glad you did!

 

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