“If you are constantly pouring yourself out, you require a regimen of filling yourself up — rehydrating. . . . If you want to live and love — marathon distance — you had better know how to consistently restore depleted resources. And preferably before you are in desperate need.”- Jeff Manion
Then because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, [Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”- Mark 6:13 (NIV)
On Day 7 (“Aid Stations”) of Dream Big, Think Small Jeff Manion offers five ways for rehydrating yourself.
1. Schedule time away. During the intense seasons we all encounter, we need to find a quiet place and rest. And, Jeff quips, that excludes that type of getaway that requires another vacation to rest up from that vacation.
2. Embrace daily retreats. Nourish yourself every day. Hence, don’t wait for a vacation to recharge your depleted batteries. Thus, each day seek quiet moments to reflect on Scripture and express gratitude for God’s blessings.
3. Make space for life-giving friendships. As a result, know the identity of your true friends, and devote calendar time to them. Certainly, the author notes, life can be lonely. However, filling up that empty space with scores of shallow acquaintances only expends your life energy. Instead, connect deeply with your true friends.
4. Maintain a healthy family. Prioritize family members in your life. Because, Pastor Manion counsels, in the routine wear and tear of life, “relationships slide downhill by gravitational force.”
5. Choose energizing activities. Give these activities priority in your schedule. In addition, Jeff advises, know where to find the aid stations. Drink before you sense thirst. And refill your tank to avoid a meltdown or breakdown.
Today’s question: What rehydrating regimen do you need to follow to fill yourself up? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Sabbath rhythm – takes time, experimentation”