Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up. Coffee does it for me in the mornings. Confession: I am a bit of a coffee snob. Every morning I drink a pot of freshly ground French-Pressed coffee of a particular brand that shall not be named. Black. Steaming. Delicious. Strong as steel. High octane. I love it. In fact, I often think about it at night as I am drifting off to sleep. I can’t wait to wake up and sip a bit of the nectar of the gods. For all of those who drink the pricey froufrou drinks from a drive-through each morning, you are not drinking coffee. You are starting your day with a high calorie milkshake. But whether you drink energy drinks, caffeinated milkshakes, peppy sodas, or coffee (as God intended), we all need an energy boost when we get tired. So how do you find the energy to make it through a busy week?
Here are four things I do regularly to create energy each day.
1. I begin my day with faith.
Every morning I read some faith statements that bring me energy. I remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I say to myself, “No barrier is too great to derail God’s purpose and plan for me today.” I recall that I have every resource I need through Christ. I state by faith that I have the energy, passion, and strength through Christ to live for his plan today. I remind myself that God loves me and cares for every detail in my life. Reminding myself that I live through God’s strength rather than my own gives me energy and creates momentum for my day.
2. I prioritize worship.
I have learned that worshipping God at the beginning of my day gives me strength and passion. Reading scripture and praying, even if just for a few minutes, helps me. It may sound counterintuitive to spend even a few minutes doing that when you are tired, but I have found that it strengthens me even when I am tired and busy.
I have also found that going to church greatly energizes me. You are probably thinking that going to church is my job, but that isn’t my primary motivation. Corporate worship invigorates me and helps me get through the week. The sense of community I get by coming together with other believers and experiencing the presence and power of God is one of the most encouraging, life-giving, and energizing things I can do. People often share with me that before they came to church they were tired, frustrated, and discouraged. But after they experienced the power of Christian community, worship, and the teaching of God’s Word, they felt better and were glad that they came to church. I believe in the power of a gathering of believers when we focus on Jesus.
3. I strive to create margin in my schedule.
We are all busy. Sometimes we are busier than others. There are certainly times that we don’t have total control over our schedule. There are many things I can’t control as a pastor. Sunday comes every week. I have to be ready. I have no control over great portions of my schedule. People get sick, die, get married, and have emergencies without ever consulting my schedule. I have meetings to lead and work that requires my attention every week.
I have learned, however, that there are many things I can control. I control much of what I say “yes” to and what I say “no” to. I can create margin by setting priorities. I control what I eat. A healthier diet gives me more energy. I control when I go to bed and when I get out of bed. I control whether or not I exercise. I have found that much of my energy comes from simple decisions like what I eat, when I sleep, and how much I exercise. There are certain habits and activities that I say “no” to simply because I need margin in my life. Often, we are exhausted because we have not learned to say “no” to some things.
4. I remind myself to rest in God’s grace.
Worry drains the energy and life out of you. It uses a lot of energy. We only have so much energy. I can choose not to waste my limited energy by trusting in God’s grace and choosing to trust him rather than worry. You must practice not worrying. It comes by faith. But you can get good at giving God your worries when you remember that he cares for you. The more you rest in his grace, the more margin you create, and the more energy you have.
You can’t control everything in your life, but you can practice these four habits to create energy for your day. My prayer for you is that you find the energy you need through Jesus!