Today look at the things that give you energy. Let’s begin with a scriptural reflection. Read and repeat these words several times today if you can:
“He revives my life; he leads me in pathways that are righteous for the sake of his name.” Psalm 23:3
Make sure you have taken some time to write about your experiences and celebrations in your journal recently.
Let me share some examples of things that might energize you:
• A quiet cup of coffee or tea away from the crowd.
• Stopping by the lake or the river for a place of solitude.
• Calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time.
• Spending time working in the garden.
• Taking a walk or bike ride.
• Gathering with a group of friends for lunch or dinner.
• Lying in the grass and watching the clouds roll by.
• Grabbing your bible and journal and finding a quiet place to read and write.
Now make your own list – one that works for you. Choose one or two that will re-energize you today. Are you allowing time in every day for things that give you energy and refreshment? Yesterday we considered the “Drainers” and today the “Energizers.” Commit to reducing one of the day’s drainers and adding an energizer today.
Think about the people in your life that drain you and energize you. Think about the objects you interface with as well. Which ones energize you and which drain you? It’s amazing how the drainers can pile up and not be offset by energizers. Drainers tend to crowd out energizers so making a commitment to choose well is very important. Take action – do something for you and you will be honoring the Spirit, your spirit, and adding to the vitality to your day.
Finally on a scale from 1 -10 do you feel energized or drained. Look over your schedule for the day. Rate each appointment or activity on this scale. Maker sure you have some balance or your spirit will feel crushed by the end of the day.