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Knowing When to Charge or Recharge

I’ve been absent here for about week first due to some sickness and then this past weekend, my wife and I took some time away together–three and a half days just for us.

It was a much needed getaway that gave us an opportunity as a couple to refocus, relax, and recharge.

Since it was the theme of the weekend, I’ve been reflecting on this idea of recharging. Externally I’m fairly laidback, but internally I am driven and pushing–you know, charging ahead. When I’m not doing that, I begin to feel I’m standing still or worse, falling behind.

As I continue to dive deeper into my word for the year, delight, I see again that I’m running past lessons I need to embrace. I was praying through this yesterday, again feeling like I’m losing ground. If I identified the problem then why isn’t it getting better? I think to myself.

We may use the word, charge, to mean a “charging into battle,” but it can also be used in the sense of a “charge card.” Don’t have enough cash for that item you can’t live without? Charge it! Have no desire to live within your means? Charge it!

I feel like I’ve conducted my inner life like this too many times. I wear myself out or believe I’ve got to move ahead in this or that way, and instead of waiting for the time I’m recharged and ready to take things on, I want to manufacture the energy, resources, etc. in order to charge ahead.

Sadly though, it’s a line of credit and the bill always comes due. The question you have to ask yourself is whether you want to do a little good in the short-term or adjust to the rhythm of His grace to live fully for the long haul.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

You either learn to dance to the rhythms of grace or feel the undue pressure of forging ahead on your own. It’s not lazy to rest and recharge. It’s wisdom.

So this brings me back to yesterday.

I’m feeling down as I pray and try to figure out where to throw all my energy and/or time so I “feel” right again. Suddenly, He shows me again that goals and directives will be there for the future, but for now, my responsibility is to lean into delight and rest.

The rhythm will get faster at some point, but I have to train my ears to hear and my feet to respond. I’m in a recharging season. While it may not be comfortable at all times, I’ll trust my Father.

How about you? Do you have trouble recharging? Do you ever feel you should be doing, pressing, advancing more? What is God speaking to you today?

6 Comments

  1. Recharging our lives is absolutely a necessity if we want God to work through us to make us the best we can be for Him. We can’t hear or see Him at work if we’re always in a mad hurry to charge forward on our own steam.
    Sorry to hear you were sick, Jason, but so glad you are feeling better. I’ve been there recently, too.
    Blessings!

    • Yeah, I was out of commission for several days last week, but better now! Thank you. And yes, I feel like I keep learning this lesson about staying put when He’s trying to recharge me. Just happy He’s a patient Teacher! So important to trust Him as He navigates/directs the seasons of life. Thanks so much, Martha.

  2. Good for you for getting away. I think we’re on the same trail. We’re tying to get out of town tomorrow for a few days too. I feel like I need it in a big way.

    It’s impossible to charge with a dead battery! And charging without the hand of our Father over us is a recipe for disaster. I’ve cooked that one so many times now that I’m cooked.

    • Oh man, when we were gone, I told Andrea I knew I needed some time away but I didn’t realize HOW MUCH I needed it. It’s interesting as I read your comment too--I certainly have tried to forge ahead before instead of waiting on God, but I feel it’s different this time. I’m not necessarily trying so much as I feel the pressure to charge or move forward. It’s just a time of roots being deepened, and I know He’s faithful. Hope you get away soon and that it’s a blessed, amazing time! Thanks Floyd.

  3. There has been a need for me to recharge now for several months. Time and life have slowly taken that away. But I am going to make time within the next couple of weeks to take a day away. then Jo & I are going to take 3 or 4 days near the end of the month to be alone. I look forward to both.
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    • Really has to be done, Bill. I have a hard thinking of all the things that must be done and then feeling guilty or pressure to keep it all up, but eventually in that scenario there’s a crash coming. Good to be proactive. Thank you, Bill!

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