One day, I was driving and talking on the phone and I heard a voice saying into my ears, “battery low”. It was my bluetooth telling me that its battery was about to run out. Like anyone dependent on technology to live, I started to freak out since I would not be able to finish the conversation nor make or receive another phone call. I would have to wait until I got home to recharge the bluetooth.
More and more we are accustomed to dealing with batteries on a daily basis. Almost every electronic tool that we use has a battery. I bought a recharger for my wife so she can recharge her phone, tablet, or bluetooth anywhere she is. I, on the other hand have to wait to get home to do that.
This kind of experience reminds me of our lives. Sometimes we run out of juice in our batteries. We just cannot continue moving forward. We know what we have to do, how we have to do it, but we just do not have the energy to do it. Many of us think that this is a sign of weakness, but it is not. Even Jesus took some time off to recharge His battery and that of His disciples. Here is one of those occasions: “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31.” Like Jesus, we all need to recharge our batteries. Let me share with you how we can do that.
1. Recognize when your battery is running low – The first thing that we must learn with our mind, body, and spirit is to recognize when we are becoming weak. For some of us it will be an increasing of irritability, for others a diminished capacity to produce at the normal rate. Others will have that “deer in head lights look”, and will not be able to do anything. The quality will be affected, the quantity will be affected, and relationships will be affected. You must know when your battery is low.
2. Find the right place to recharge – After detecting that your battery is low you need to find a place to recharge. In the text that I shared, Jesus suggested a quiet place. This may work for some of you, but not for all of you. Everyone of us needs to find his/her own place to recharge. Being realistic, sometimes we will need to adapt and improvise because the best place for us is unreachable or very expensive. So before you run out of creativity, find your place.
3. Find the best time to recharge – After that pick a time to do that. We are living in a time that is controlled by agendas, schedules, and calendars. Because of that you must plan your time to recharge. My wife is very good about that. She divides my vacations throughout the year so every four or five weeks, we have a small break to rest and recharge. When God created the world, He gave us six days to work and one day to rest. We should use better time management to recharge our batteries.
No matter what you do, do not wait too long to recharge your battery. It can bring terrible consequences to your lives, relationships, work, ministry, and health.
Have a blessed week,