Fulfilling your calling is going to take enormous energy. Anything worth pursuing requires an investment of energy on your part. Energy is a precious gift. The lack of it can limit your impact and contribution to life. I think great energy is a byproduct of Gods grace in our lives, directed towards a call.
People struggle for energy without a clear and defined purpose. A clear call and vision from God activates you to get up in the morning and get into the day. Proverbs 29:18 reminds us, “Without vision, people perish.” I have an internal drive because I have a clear vision for the call of God in my local church and personal life. What energizes you? What motivates you? Why do you do what you do?
Energy is also a byproduct of how we look after our physical bodies. If you pay attention to your ESD, you will go a long way to maximizing your physical energy. What is ESD?
E is firstly, EXERCISE. I encourage you to move your body for at least 20-3omins a day, 5-6 times per week. This could be walking, running, cycling, swimming, aerobics, gym or competitive sport that you enjoy on a regular basis. S stands for SLEEP. Whatever you do, get up at the same time each day. Even if you have a late night, get up at the same time and sleep in before midnight, not after midnight. The hours pre-midnight are far more conducive to a healthier lifestyle than post-midnight. A basic 7-8 hours sleep a night is important for all of us to heed. Lastly, D stands for DIET. You are what you eat. Your physical energy rises and falls based on the fuel you feed it. Have a solid breakfast of grains, fruit and yoghurt. Eat fruit and healthy snacks throughout the day. Enjoy pasta’s, vegetables, lean meat, fish, etc for your main meals and try not to eat after 9pm each night. Minimize sugars, fats, etc because a healthy ESD will go a long way to increasing your energy.
Energy is also a byproduct of time spent with God. Don’t forsake your intimacy with God because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Set a daily appointment with God and always keep it. Life can get busy and often the first thing to go is our time with God. Until you are convinced that anything good in your life is a result of your relationship with God, you won’t take it seriously enough to invest more time and energy into it. The busier life gets, the more you need to make time for prayer.