How to Find Energy and Rejuvenation
by Cindi McMenamin
Are you feeling a little drained, depressed, or unmotivated as if you have no fuel, no fire, no way to get through the day? If so, you don’t have to feel like you’re running on empty any longer.
As I was writing my book, When You’re Running on Empty, I addressed the continual rat race we run and how to slow down to refuel, refresh, and re-energize. Here are three things you can do each day, preferably in the mornings, to kick you into high gear and help you feel the power—mentally, physically, and spiritually.
1. Keep focused in your mind—through the Psalms.
The writers of the songs in Scripture experienced seasons of weariness, emptiness, and a lack of motivation. They too cried out for help. And I began to notice a link between their cries for help while flat on their faces and their ability to get back up on their feet again. That link in the Bible’s songbook was a shift in focus and a sense of determination.
In their songs of frustration and desperation, the Psalmists often sang the words “I will” when it came to getting out of their slump.
In Psalm 77, Asaph was disillusioned with the way life was going. So he said, “I will meditate on all Thy works…I will remember your deeds.”
David, in asking God to consider his sighing and hear his cries for help, said, “I will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down” (Psalm 5:7). And when he felt like he was being defeated, he said, “I will know that God is for me…I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:9-11).
The Psalmists didn’t say “I think” or “I feel” or “I should.” It was “I will”—a sense of determination—a determined course of action. In all 150 Psalms in the Bible, the phrase “I will” is sung at least 140 times. That made me realize that—whether we feel empty or not, whether we are motivated or not—we need to do something to allow God to infuse that energy into our lives again. Don’t wait until you feel like doing something, because that feeling might never come. Instead, determine to do whatever will put you in the place where God can relight the fire in you and re-ignite the passion that once burned brightly.
2. Keep fit in your body—by caring for your “temple.”
We can feel run down in a number of ways, not just mentally through the wrong focus but physically through the wrong input. Keeping a clean heart, a positive attitude, a healthy diet, our bodies moving, and ourselves in good company will produce energy in our lives. In order to run without tiring, we must first lose the weight that slows us down, and then we must fuel up on what will keep us going.
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) tells us to “strip off every weight that slows us down” and “run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Stripping off the weight that slows us down may mean getting rid of a negative attitude, reducing (or quitting altogether) the sugars or carbs that make us feel listless, or limiting our time around (or in virtual contact with) toxic people who tend to drag us down with them. Another great way to strip off what weighs you down is to release mental and emotional stress through high-intensity exercise, or even just a nice brisk walk in the early mornings or evenings.
Scripture says your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, “Therefore, honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV). Is that temple of yours filled with healthy, energy-producing food or empty calories, junk food, and strange-sounding ingredients you can’t pronounce?
When it comes to diet, do your research, use your common sense, and eat the foods that will produce energy and keep you from feeling run down. And if you have baggage in the dieting, exercising, or eating department, realize that in Christ you are a “new creation.” The old habits are gone, the new attitude has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). You can live a new way when it comes to taking care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and keeping a positive attitude.
3. Keep fresh in your soul—by getting outdoors.
There is something therapeutic—and rejuvenating—about getting outdoors. In addition to soaking up some Vitamin D from the sun (which is essential for mood and a sense of well-being), the fresh air is good for your lungs and for clarity of mind. Take a morning worship walk and notice the blue skies (or the formation of the clouds). See animals or creatures you haven’t seen in a while, and listen to the sounds of nature (bird songs, a nearby creek, the sound of the breeze through leaves or grass). Breathe in the beauty of God’s creation and experience what David the Psalmist did when he sang, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1, NASB).
You might try listening to the Bible (from your smart phone), listening to praise music, or taking out the earbuds altogether to listen for God’s still small voice and commune with Him as you walk. If you’re physically unable to walk, go out on your front or back porch or drive somewhere you can find a view and sit and reflect on creation, and the Creator of it all. It does something to freshen our souls as we get closer to nature.
Try to do at least one of these each morning and see if it doesn’t add more energy to your day. Do all three daily and feel the power—and experience the energy—of your Creator.
Cindi McMenamin is a national women’s speaker and author of several books that help women and couples find strength for the soul. For more ways to refresh, refuel, and re-energize spiritually, emotionally, and physically, see her books When Women Long for Rest and When You’re Running on Empty, or visit her website for more resources to strengthen your soul, your marriage, or your parenting: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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