I did a very sad 15 minute work out on Monday morning this week. But the length nor the intensity of the workout was not what mattered about this particular exercise, it was just about getting back on the horse, so even after battling a stomach virus or food poisoning all weekend I was getting up at 5:30 A.M. and moving my body, getting myself back into that routine that was taking me toward my goals and making me feel better and giving me more energy. But even with such a short workout time the last 5 minutes my wireless headphones starting telling me, “low battery” in that eerie female robot voice in my right ear every 30 seconds until they died and my music stopped shortly before I was done with my exercises. At first I chuckled to myself thinking, “Yeah, I know, low battery indeed” as I thought of my sad performance and low energy level but really I was surprised they turned on at all. I only use them when I am exercising so they hadn’t even been turned on for 4 weeks!
So I finished my wokout feeling mediocre at best and went upstairs to plug my headphones in for the next morning only to find I didn’t have the right charger. I tried several, but none would charge my headphones. As I gave up and headed to the kitchen for my morning coffee and Bible study I thought, “What am I using to recharge myself? (We already know from last week’s post the answer to that is Oreo cookies and MASH reruns) “No wonder I’ve been running on empty lately, because I’ve been trying to full up with the wrong fuel!” It’s not filling me up at all, it’s like eating food from McDonald’s, you’re hungry again an hour later because it didn’t have the right nutrients your body needed.
If 14 years experience in office work taught me anything it’s that you get out what you put in. I can’t count the number of times I said. “Garbage in, garbage out.” If you don’t take the time to ensure the data you are entering is correct and accurate then you’re going to pay the price later.
It’s the very same with our Christian lives. If we don’t pay attention to what we’re filling our days with we’re going to start to struggle and just like my earbuds warned me every 30 seconds God will warn us, but if we chose to ignore those warning we’ll fall flat on our faces every time!
So I challenge you this week, myself included of course, to write down a day or two, hour by hour, what you’re filling your time with, and then pray over it with an open heart, and I just know God will show us some garbage we need to take out!
May God bless your week,
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.