Do you feel that? A calling coming from deep within you! You could almost here it saying,
“Coooooooofffffffffffeeeeeeee, moooooorrrrrrrreeeee Coooooooffffffeeeeee”
You wake up early every morning. Focused. Determined to accomplish something with purpose. To make your life count.
But there is one problem.
You’re exhausted. You barely have the energy to brush your teeth. Let alone shower. Maybe you could just scrub one side today, and finish the job tomorrow.
But you’ve got a world to save. Lives to win over for Christ. I get it, you’re all in for Jesus.
You just don’t have the energy to match your passion.
The Price of Exhaustion
According to Jeff Sutherland, author of Scrum, you make the most amount of mistakes when you’re tired. It costs your more to fix an issue than it does to get it right the first time.
You make the mistake cause your tired, actually your exhausted.
Or you’re overly irritable. Everything she says makes you mad. So you send that email, the one that should have stood in your drafts. Now you’ve got some relational repairs to make. All because you were exhausted.
Or you wake up early. Early shall I seek you Lord. Let’s flip to Genesis, no lets do Leviticus, and then….
You fall asleep in the middle of your devotions. You wake up just in time to grab a cup of coffee and run out the house.
Coffee becomes a crutch you lean on – almost every 3 hours you need another cup.
Did you know there is a better way? And, no I don’t mean more coffee.
Let me share with you 3 steps you can take today to boost your energy, increase your focus and help you accomplish more for God.
Ok so take one more sip of coffee and we’ll be ready to go.
#1 Fill Your Tank Regularly
One of my favorite analogies comes from Pastor Wayne Cordiero, he says “most Pastors are like the engine of a car – they work all day, but don’t replenish the oil, no oil in a car causes the car to overheat and eventually stall”.
Pastor Buddy Wilson, in his series “Finding God in the Desert of Your Soul” says giving out more than you take in forms a desert.
It’s possible you’re exhausted because you’re not taking in enough. I get it. Between work, family and church responsibilities you don’t have the time.
You are right you will never have the time. You have to make the time.
The airlines have it right… incase of an emergency secure your mask first so that you can take care of your loved ones. So fill your tank regularly. That way you can have something to give to your most important responsibilities.
Just in case you’re not sure how to fill your tank – here are a couple of suggestions: –
- go to the gym,
- take a long walk,
- watch a TV program,
- go on a date night with your spouse,
- hang out with friends,
- go to the movies,
- just have fun
It’s easier to give out once you have something to give from.
#2 Eat Right
I know there is this health craze going on.
Everything is gluten free – soon there maybe gluten free gluten. But I’ve noticed a pattern…
- When I eat bread I get very sleepy and tired
- When I eat sugars I get very sleepy and tired
- When I eat pasta I get very sleepy and tired
Too many of us eat whatever is in front of us. The result is exhaustion, demotivation, and eventually sickness.
We treat our bodies like a toilet instead of a temple.
Maybe it’s different for you (although I doubt it).
But if you want to be effective you need energy. So eat right.
Find out what kind of foods give you energy and what kind of foods zap your energy.
Confession time – I love sweets. But I hate when I’m working on a very important task and fall asleep repeatedly.
When I’m finally done with the tasks there a ton of errors and mistakes. And guess what… I end up doing the tasks over.
That’s a waste of time.
A good friend once told me,
“my life mission is too important to be exhausted or sick all of the time. I don’t have time to waste, so I eat right that way I can stay sharp.”
That’s good advice.
So manage your energies by eating right. Oh and drink lots of water.
A couple of great books that may help you on this journey:
- “Eat right for your blood type” by Peter D’Adamo and Catherine Whitney
- “Unhealthy Anonymous: Exposing the Greatest Threat to Your Health and Happiness” by Pete Sulack
- “The Seven Pillars of Health” by Don Colbert
#3 Exercise Regularly
Thomas Jefferson said,
“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.”
I find when I’m not in the gym regularly I get into a rut. I find myself tired physically, overwhelmed emotionally and dry spiritually.
My gym goal isn’t to win a weight lifting competition. Those days are long gone.
But when I’m exercising regularly, my body feels strong, my emotions are steadied and my mind is sharp.
I have the energy needed to run after my two boys. I’m focused so I can accomplish more at the office.
My boys get my best, the office gets my best, it’s a win win.
When I’m energized my time with the Lord is even better. It’s like my spiritual ear can hear clearly what God is saying.
To regain energy you don’t have to go to a gym regularly, consider the following:
- Take a brisk walk around your block during your lunch.
- Do a set of 20 jumping jacks at your desk.
- Or a set of 10 squats will get your blood flowing.
One last question.
Don’t you think your congregation, your ministry team, your employers, your employees; your family deserve your best?
Don’t you think they deserve more than scraps, more than an exhausted leader, more than all the energy a cup of coffee can muster?
I believe your mission is super important. So don’t waste anymore time. Select one strategy listed above, begin to overcome exhaustion and share it with me in the comments section below.
Lets hold each other accountable and be better.
No coffee was harmed in the making of this blog. (I don’t have an issue with coffee – just don’t let it be your only source of energy.)