Sanctuary in the Midst - Be energised
#2 Be energised
Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash In order to be energised we have to go to the source, but the way we do that is only limited by our experience and our imagination. For instance, on a cold but clear day have you ever lifted your face to the sun and felt its warmth energise you? And yet on a really hot day, it's the shade that has a similar effect.
This simple illustration teaches us that what we need one day, or in one moment, is not always the same thing we need in another. However, in order to spend energy on anything, we do need to take it in.
The first thing to recognise, when looking for ways to receive energy, is that everything good is a gift from God, and nothing that is made has been made without Him. Therefore, lifting your face up to the sun, or sitting in the shade of a tree are perfectly good ways to receive energy.
Anything that inspires you is also good. But don't get caught in a comparison trap - God has made you and gifted you to do what only you can do; do that with His help and power (aka energy).
In Deuteronomy 6 there is a call that God's people shared every morning:
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
The word translated "strength" is actually a thought for thought kind of translation, because the word actually means "very" or "really". What it's suggesting is that we love God out of the muchness or the everything that we have (see the Bible Project link in the Resource Suggestions section, below). It's a kind of energy that comes from knowing God and trusting Him. This shows us another way of gaining energy for the life we live as God's people today - to spend time reading and thinking about who God is, and celebrating and remembering what He has done for us. At the beginning of this post, I said that in order to be energised we need to go to the source. There is the Divine source, and everything we receive from Him can then be passed on by how we live. But don't limit your imagination. We are meant to be whole, body, mind and heart. Each part of us needs to be looked after.
So don't forget to look after your physical and mental health, for if these are impaired you will notice the lack of energy for the things you are doing. There's an excellent acronym that suggests ways in which we can look after ourselves in order to be energised: H.A.L.T. - Hungry; Angry; Lonely; Tired. When you're feeling drained check to see whether these things are affecting you, and then do something about it that is healthy and honouring to you and those around you. You are invited to make this a sanctuary in the midst, and explore all the ways in which you can be energised to bring your whole self into all the ways you live for God, in fact your whole life, which is your worship (see Romans 12:1). Take Action Write a list of five ways in which you naturally and healthily top up your energy. Then think through how you can be more aware of God's presence in these things? E.g. Thankful for His creation; aware of His provision; resting in His grace, etc. Find three verses that energise your faith and carry them around with you, on your phone, or written out and stuck in your purse or wallet. Check out how well you're doing on: keeping yourself healthily fed; dealing with your emotions (anger often masks the true root); keeping in touch with good friends and family (a good support structure); sleep. If there's a deficit what's one, achievable thing you can do to improve things for yourself? Resource Suggestions Try looking up HALT on Pinterest or internet search engines to see what helpful advice and ideas come up. E.G. https://pin.it/1yWCNq8 See this Bible Project video Word Study: Me'od - "Strength" for a fuller explanation of the word found at the end of Deuteronomy 6:5