Running on Empty? Here’s 3 Ways to Refuel

February 25, 2012 — 3 Comments
 Running on Empty? Heres 3 Ways to Refuel

Running On Empty?

I often realize I’m running on empty.

My life is busy. In that way, I’m just like everyone else. Four kids. Ministry. Chores. It never ends. The demands made on me always exceed my total possible output.

Sometimes it seems like I’m spinning in circles, stuck in an endless cycle of activity. For me, that scenario seldom ends well. I often veer from pressure to frustration into anger. Then have to do some serious cleanup.

Ever been there?

But sometimes I step back and change course.

How do we survive?

How do we get what we need to move forward?

We refuel. Here’s how:

  • Pause.

A wise man once told me, “Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do it take a nap.”

Stop all your activity, even if it’s just for a half hour. You may be shocked that the world does not grind to a halt. God created us to live to a rhythm. Work, rest; work, rest…stop. Seriously. Stop.

  • Refill.

We’re not designed to run for long periods of time without rest and refueling. My favorite refueling activity is reading Scripture. God’s timeless truth has a way of putting my day in perspective. You can refuel anytime with the resources on www.youversion.com¬†. I highly recommend their mobile app and the reading plans.

  • Reconnect.

Set aside technology. (Believe me, it’s possible.) Go to a quiet place. (Even if that’s in the shower.) Turn off the noise and turn on the quiet. Simply open up a conversation with your Father in Heaven. Remember how He has provided for your needs in the past, and allow Him to speak to your weary soul.

“Cast all your anxiety on him¬†because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Pause, refill and reconnect.

It will benefit your physical, emotional and spiritual health. You just might be surprised that life once again becomes enjoyable. You’ll feel human again in no time, and you’ll remember what you were working for in the first place.

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Joe Wickman

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Joe is a husband and father of 4 girls who gets to be a pastor at the church he grew up in. He has a desire to share what he's learned from the mistakes he's made so far in life.

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