Energy: The Need for Proper Rest

“We can be tired, weary, and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power, and strength.”
–Charles Stanley

So far in this blog, we’ve explored quite a bit about doing the things that greatly matter to God like knowing Him and advancing His kingdom. I hope you’ve been challenged to participate in the Greatest Commandments (to love God and to love your neighbors) and the Great Commission (to make disciples) more than you’ve ever done before. This blog would be worth it if you’ve been inspired to take God’s agenda more seriously in your life. Let’s do it.

As we continue to participate in moving God’s kingdom forward, we’ll need to learn to pace ourselves and carve out enough time for proper rest. Similar to the concept of time, we have a limited amount of energy. We know this from personal experience. At the end of a long and tiring day, all we want to do is plop onto our beds and get some sleep. That’s one of the ways we recover our energy. But although they are similar in regards to their limited-ness, there’s a difference between time and energy. The amount of time we have affects what things we can do while the amount of energy we have affects how we do them. You can have plenty of time to do certain things but you may not have enough energy to actually do them well. A lack of energy often results in a loss of concentration, effectiveness, and ultimately, joy. And so even if you have the time to do the things that greatly matter to God (i.e. doing devotions, mentoring others, serving at church, etc.), you might find yourself engaging in them poorly because you’re just so tired and exhausted.

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Think of your energy capacity like a bucket. At the start of your day, you have a full bucket of energy (or a partially filled one if you didn’t get proper rest). As you go about your day, energy is used up in various activities. Soon enough, you’ll be completely drained of your energy and you’ll need to begin doing the things that will refill that bucket. Refilling that energy bucket includes getting a good night’s rest, having a weekly Sabbath, spending daily time with God, and doing life-giving activities (i.e. personal hobbies). Having enough energy is important because it will enable you to do the things that greatly matter to God and to do them well. And that starts with having the proper physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual rest. In this blog, we’ll explore more about the concept of energy and how we can refill that dwindling energy bucket.