Our car broke down on the way to the airport the other day. I made my way home to get our second car. Back on the road again, I realised I didn’t have my glasses. We went back for them. On the road again, I realised I didn’t have my phone. We went back for it too. Somehow, they still let us board our flight. It’s funny now, but it was less funny at the time.
What did it teach me? Not only do I need to keep my car full of fuel, I also need to make sure the fuel gauge is working! If it isn’t, and I am running on empty, I will have no way of knowing it.
We all need fuel for life and we all need to be able to read the gauges that reveal to us where our fuel levels are at. We also need to know where we can get more fuel before we run out.
What are some of the fuel gauges when it comes to life?
Towards full, you will find yourself with humour, joy, stamina, wanting to be with friends, and being present in the moment.
Towards empty, you will become easily discouraged, physically exhausted, feeling stressed, eating patterns change, isolation is a friend, and patience is short.
Most people know themselves and can tell when something is not right. By then, they are often in damage control.
The key is to refuel before you run out.
What does refuelling look like? It can be different for each of us and depends on whether it is our body, soul or spirit requiring the top up!
I would suggest mixing things up: good eating habits, with great relationships, rest, and worship that energises your spirit. Not only that, but refuel at different intervals in life: annually, monthly, weekly and daily.
I love the idea of refuelling annually, to take stock of where you are at and where you are headed. It is like cleaning the fuel filter, flushing out the whole system and recalibrating the air fuel mixture for best performance.
Setting aside time completely away from your usual work environment, whether a holiday, a conference, or a “lock down” without outside interference, is well worth it! For at least 25 years I have attended Hillsong Conference and it has been a great refuelling station in my life.
Monthly, endeavour to do something special that you can look forward to over that month. Maybe it’s a road trip to a place you have never been or a game of golf with friends. It’s amazing how much more energy you have when there is something to look forward to around the corner.
Consider activities that aren’t just enjoyable but those that are also beneficial. For example, speak to your doctor about changing up your diet for a couple of days per month, cutting out or adding in certain foods for best health. Or consider the benefits of making time to sit with a mentor or coach to focus on areas that help ensure a healthy soul – your mind, will and emotions.
Weekly, have a day off from the usual weekly activity. A spiritual journey to Church is a great place to receive fuel for our soul, to fine tune the engine so we get better fuel economy for the week ahead.
Daily, get up and do something that you enjoy. Take a walk, hit the gym, find a place you can sit and meditate.
Your life will be fuller if you make time for the things that will build and strengthen your body, soul and spirit. So, happy refuelling!