Four Areas of Our Lives that Constantly Need to be Replenished.
Not too long ago, a friend called me and told me something that didn’t make a lot of sense. He said, “Things are going great and everything’s wonderful, but I feel like I’m under attack.” I thought, how can everything be wonderful, but you still feel like you’re under attack? But then I realized, it’s actually fairly common. Have you ever experienced that? Even when things seem to be going really well, it’s like a cloud rolled in and just sat on you one morning.
As I thought about what my friend said, I remembered something that had been on my heart recently. I began to share with him how we all have four areas of our lives that get depleted if we don’t take the time to rejuvenate ourselves. Think of these four areas as tanks that must constantly be refilled. One of them is a spiritual tank. Many times we think, Well, if I just pray a little, I’ll get over this, but there are three other tanks that also have to be refilled—a physical tank, emotional tank, and mental tank. Here are a few ways I refill my tanks.
Spending time praying and reading God’s Word is the best way to fill your spiritual tank. However, it’s important to remember there’s a lot of spiritual warfare going on in our lives. I don’t say that to scare you, but you need to know that, as a Christian, people are constantly speaking against you. One thing I do on a regular basis is break and sever every word or curse spoken against me, my family, and Gateway Church as well as every prayer prayed over me that’s not in accordance with God’s Word and will for my life. It’s important to remember as you pray and read your Bible that we’re in a battle. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but … against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
When you think about taking care of yourself physically, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most of us probably think of eating right and exercising. These are important ways to fill your physical tank, but there’s one many of us forget about—rest. You might be thinking, Well, I don’t have time to rest. Some of us have difficulty sleeping even when we do have the time. If that’s you, I want to encourage you to pray about your situation, turn it over to the Lord, and ask Him to help you find ways to get some rest.
Recently, our family went to the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine Mills Mall. All the grandkids got to see fish and sharks, and afterward, we went out to eat. (I asked my kids if they wanted Pappadeaux or Fuddruckers, and of course, they chose Pappadeaux because they knew I was paying.) We all had a great time, and I felt refreshed. Over the years, I’ve learned that being around family and friends refreshes me emotionally. It’s important to find what works for you.
You might be surprised to know that not every book I read has to do with spirituality or leadership. In fact, I recently read a book about Quanah Parker, the Comanche Indians, and all the battles. It was fantastic! I was mentally refreshed after reading it. I also like watching funny movies. It’s just one of the things that fills my mental tank.
After I told my friend about the four tanks, I said, “When we get off the phone, spend a little time in prayer, take a nap, and then have your family over and watch a funny movie.” He texted me later and said, “I can’t believe how much better I feel!” It will work for you too. You just have to find out what replenishes you. The next time you feel discouraged or like you’re under attack, take some time to fill your four tanks. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel.