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Managing Your Energy

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Are you living in a way that allows you to be at your best? Jesus regularly took time away to pray and rest. Does your busy life make time for these important rhythms?

Welcome to part three of our balanced myth series. This series is all about managing your time, your energy and your priorities. And if you remember in our first week, a couple weeks ago, that I had a bunch of these plates set up all on the stage here and I was running like a crazy person trying to spend this one and spend this one and keep them all going, and I was telling you that this often is a picture of our life, that we're just trying our best to keep everything going, keep everything balanced, and we're just running around too busy, too crazy, we're overwhelmed, we're overworked, we're over committed and it's wearing us out. It's burning us out and it's just crazy. And your life doesn't have to be that way. There's something better to shoot for in life than balance, keeping everything balanced. I think you if you shoot for passion. I'm going to pursue this passionately, I'm going to pursue this area of my life with passion. I think that's a much better answer to how you think about all the different areas of your life. And last week we talked about Jesus's life, about how he had a lot of important things to do in this world. And he did it all by what was the big word I made you say like a million times? Walking. He did it by walking. And and we're running everywhere. We're running to this, that and the other thing. We're trying to accomplish this goal and that thing, and and Jesus certainly had a lot of things he wanted to accomplish and he did it all by walking. And we talked about our pace and how we can slow down to accomplish our purpose and not just zoom forward to achieve all of our goals and things that we want to achieve. So today is all about applying these principles to our life. How do we take these kind of ideas and just make it as practical as possible? Because God wants to Change Your Life. You wants to transform your life and on the surface you're like yeah, sign me up for that, but I don't know if you're ready or I don't know if you really want that. Do you really want God to change every area of your life, like everything, every moment of your day, every what you do at thirty in the morning, God wants to say in that and at eight o'clock, and and what you eat for dinner and where you go, like all of those things. God wants to transform your life in that way and I don't I don't know if you're ready, and I think, I think there might be one person here who is ready, who is desperate for God to show up in their life and transform something, a part of your life. And so if you're that one person, this message is for you today, because life is better when we let God work in it, all of it. And so this is an overwhelming picture, if you can see yet this is your life from the time you get up to the time you go...

...to bed, and you do something from five am in the morning to ten PM at night. You do something during those hours. I know you do. The question is, what do you do and is it the best use of your time? And so I'm proposing to you this is a great way to live your life that at five o'clock you wake up. You know the best work happens in the morning and you do your devotions, you spend your time with God. Then, you know, you get ready for your day, you eat breakfast, you you make coffee, all that good stuff. You read Your Bible, you pray. Then you've got like five solid working hours. From like seven am to about noon, you just crank out whatever you got to do. You you know you have very productive working hours. And then around lunch time you take a break, because everyone needs a break, right. You your lunch, eat a good lunch, a healthy lunch. Then for the next couple hours you're very productive again. You're charged up, you're ready to go. You got some more time left to pursue whatever it is that you love to pursue and that makes you some money and provides for your family. Take care of your family. Then this dinner time, and then afterwards it's like a family time. That's important to write, and then personal time is good, and then bedtime, bedtime at ten o'clock. Luck just makes your life better. Do you agree? Come on, somebody, you should be saying I don't agree with that. That's not my life. Not Everybody is the same, right to which I would say, I agree with you, aren't you glad? So, if that is true, here's the point. Learn to embrace what is unique about you and your family situation. Don't try to compare your unique situation to an ideal. This is how my life is supposed to look. How quickly do we do that right. Oh, oh, we're scrolling through social media. All their family is perfect. They have family dinners together every night. You know, they're doing devotions together with their coffee Mug and they got their picture of their Bible and all their life is just perfect and and mine is just a wreck. Don't we think that? But why do we do that? Right, your are unique, you are an individual. Your family has unique rhythms and opportunities and that other people don't have. So you don't have to be like the quote unquote perfect or ideal situation. Eating together with dinners or whatever is a nice...

...practice to get into, but maybe in your family season that's not possible or it's not helpful, it's not peaceful, so don't do that. Right, maybe that's dear season. That's not not good. Or playing board games in fighting people over to your house and playing board games and and forming relationships that way, like that's a great thing, and then you got like little kids running around and that's impossible. So it's like it's okay, you' right. You don't have to do it that way all of the time, and different seasons call for different things. You have to figure out what works best for your family. And I think, and I think you would agree with me, that working America has kind of learned this a little bit over the last two years. Everybody's job kind of shifted in some way or another and people learned this thing called working from home. You know that, like that's a thing now, right, and CEO's bosses, you know, people in charge. They learned that it's not a goal to have your employees sitting in a chair from eight to five, like that's not a win right, like there is much more to it than that. And so we learn and right, if you're if you're working, you know ere twent five or whatever like that doesn't it doesn't make a big difference. It's what you do, it's what you produce, it's it's what your value you're adding, and you can do that maybe at any time, and you don't have to be sitting at a desk in a nice office chair. You could be at home in your pajamas, in your bed, or you know whatever. And so I think we've are learning a little bit that the ideal schedule, the ideal life routine rhythms look a little different than maybe we once thought, and that's a good thing. I think there's some positives and some negatives to the last couple years about all this stuff. So I want us to look at the schedule one more time and this routine that is life rhythms one more time and I want you to think about it through this Lens. All right. So just making sure everyone is following along the color that the Arrow is pointing to. What color is that? Perfect? That's amazing. All right. How about it? One in the middle, all right, and then one at the other end. Look at that. Everybody is listening. Everybody's here. That is so cool. All right. So there is a Christian leadership guy, podcast writer guy that I've been listening to. His name's carry new Hoff. If you are interested, you can check them out. If you're not interested, my job is to try and take what he's written and what I've been trying to do, trying to understand, apply it to my life, and I'm translating it for you. Okay. So I've just got to give him credit because...

...this is his thing and I appreciate learning from him from a distance very much and I think it's really helpful. So hopefully it's really helpful to you. So Green, yellow, red, okay, so when you think about your life, what you do, okay, with the the schedule, the routine that you have, you all have a moments in your day that are your best energy. There Green Zone right you feel good, you're charged up, you do good work, you're you're excited, you're you're nice to be around. You have a Green Zone. What if you put the Green Zone on that calendar that I was showed you earlier, and what if you did the things that were the best for you, the most productive for you, when you felt the best? You had your Green Zone and you did the Green Zone stuff at that moment. So for me, I think about my Green Zone and I think it I'm still trying to figure this all out of how it works best for me, but what I want to do when I feel my best, one of my mind is the clearest, is I want to write my sermons and I want to write and I want to plan and be creative, because I feel like that that's one of the most important things that I do in my life and so I want to do it at the peak energy of my day and I'm trying to coordinate around that and, you know, plan for that and sometimes I get taken off in weird directions. But but I try, because sometimes we can spend our best energy, our Green Zone energy, doing things that don't matter, like driving or wasting time doing some other things that you can do when you're in like your yellow zone. Yellow is like you're moderately energetic right, you're kind of awake, you're not you know, you're kind of doing good work, you're just kind of moderately you know, have your energy. And then red as like your energy is done, like you've spent it all. Your kind of tired, your worn out. Maybe it's at the end of the day or maybe it's when you first get up, and it's not like you can't do anything in the red zone, it's just that's just how you're feeling at this time. And so think about like if you get if you think about your day, when are you in your green when are you feeling your best, and what can you be doing during that time that really makes the biggest impact, that you're operating within your different gifts and talents, and you'll be. You'll find, I think, that you become very productive in your day. You accomplish a lot of stuff and it's a real it's a real kind of key thing here. So in green we're creative, where alert, were engaged, where efficient, effective, productive or kind, cheerful, helpful, generous, and so the things that were gifted at, the things that were passionate about, the things that make the biggest impact, we should do them in the Green Zone. Okay. In the yellow zone we are moderately creative or awake or sort of...

...productive or decent at work. We're pleasant to be around, we're realistic and maybe we're slightly bothered by other people. So there's certain things, maybe administrative tasks or cleaning up the house or I you know, that you can do in your yellow zone, and then in the red it's just like you're not created, you're tired or disengage, your inefficient, there's low accuracy and what you do, you're frustrated, pessimistic, short tempered and your selfish. And so like what if, like what if you organized your life, your daily routine around these energy zones? And so this is what is unique. You all have different amounts of energy for all those different zones. Some of you have green zones like crazy, and then red, yellow and very little red. Some would feel like maybe you're red for all day long, you know, but it's unique to you and so you just plot them out. I encourage you in you know, as you're going about your regular day, to think about this. So, like you get up and you're kind of slowly getting up right and then you feel good and then lunch time you kind of crash and take a break and then you feel good for not a little bit and then you kind of are moderately you're finishing out the day and then when you get home you're kind of you know, you're you're tired or your worn out, you're you're, you're it's the end of the day, you're out of energy. So it's a big concept. You can go back and watch this video, you can take a picture of you can look at it again another time, but the point is is that what if you scheduled your day, like what you had to accomplish, around these energies, like how you felt, because I feel like the you could do some incredible work. You can get so much done when you're operating on all cylinders, and sometimes we waste those moments doing things that maybe aren't the most important. And so you would say, well, that sounds cool, like I want to try this, but like, I don't have any control over my schedule. Do you know where I work? Right? They got me doing this thing from eight to five. I don't have any choice. Well, maybe that's true, maybe, but you do have a lot of control, more than you think. So when you get home from work, who's telling you what to do? Right, you can do it. You have control from the time you get home until your time you wake up. You've got more control over your schedule than you might think. And if you're thinking about your work, you have more, maybe more control over that then you might think too. It's just may be worth a question or or so like, for example, if you have a big meeting and it happens like at the end of the day, maybe you're in your red zone and you're like, this meeting is horrible, I hate this meeting. I wish this meeting would just be over with.

I'm done with it, forget it. Right, guess what, your boss probably knows that too, and so maybe you just show up in his his world and and just say, Hey, I've been learning something. My pastor was telling me at Church that we have these different energy zones and this meeting happens at a time in my day where it's just not good. Could we change it? I think your boss might respond positively to that because he wants to help you, he wants to engage with you. Hopefully or she wants to do that. You know, for you, you know it's worth an ask. So I know, I know. It's a lot of good stuff. It's a lot of things to think about, a lot of things to consider, but what I really want us to think about today is what is our regular routine? What is our regular what do you usually do? What is your day? I told you this was very specific, right, like what do you regularly do all day, you know, every day at this particular time, because when we look at Jesus's life, he did things regularly, he did things usually, and last week we talked about how he was praying in the garden, the Gassemite before he was crucified. Talk about a stressful day, a stressful moment in Jesus's life, right. I mean he's about to be executed, he's about to be physically just murdered and beaten and he's about to be but true raid by his closest friends. He's about to take the sin of the world upon himself. Talk about stressful, talk about overwhelming. So what did he do? What did Jesus do? He did what he usually did. Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual, to the Mount of Olives. He went as usual that this is a regular routine. It was part of the rhythms of Jesus life that he would go to this place and and there he told his disciples, pray that you will not give into temptation, and he walked away about a stone throw and knelt down and prayed. So I'm wondering, do your rhythms of life, do they actually help you, or do they make your life more stressful and worse? Like, does what you regularly do make your life better? Does it help you, or does it stress you out and make your life worse? Because what if there was things that you could do every single day that helped you deal with stress, anxiety uncertainty? What if there was things every single day that you could do to make yourself more productive at work, more present with your family and in your closest relationships, more engaged in your purpose? I think there's some things that you can do and even after this series ends today. If you're interested, you can always call me, text me, get in touch with me, and...

I want to help you. I want to help you figure out your day, figure out your life, figure out how does how can I do this better, where I'm not constantly worn down and stressed out and burned out like I think God has so much more for us than that and I think Jesus gives us a great example of how we can live our lives this way, because Jesus was right, right, he was perfect, and he had a regular routine of spending time with his heavenly father, getting away from the busyness of life and people, and he did it to stay focused and charged up for what he was going to do. And Mark One thirty five. It says this before they break. The next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Jesus had so many important things to do that he had to first take some time to pause and pray. Right. He was so busy, his schedule was so packtful, he had so many world changing things to do that he first had to to pause and to spend time with his heavenly father in prayer. That was a major, major priority for Jesus to take time away, to take time and pray. And so the this message is about our priorities and I want you to now think about your priorities. You've got so many important things to do every single day. So how do you know what to do? What is the most important things for you to accomplish? Every single day you wake up, you say these are the best things, these this is what I'm going to do today. These are the most important things that I'm going to do today. Growing up, I was a big football player, athlete, and I'd see some of these teams go around and they had these shirts on that on the back of the shirt, you know they do that. Sometimes there was like a list and at the top it was like faith, and then it was family and then it was football, faith, family, football, and they, you know, walked around in these shirts and I'm like, I don't think that's true. It's probably football, maybe family or I don't know, some other stuff and then faith probably at the bottom right. But you know, what they're doing is they're kind of proclaiming or showing or writing down their priorities in one way or another. And so I want you now to write down your priorities. We're going to watch a video, so you're going to have like three minutes to think about this and pray about it, but I seriously I want you to write it down. So if you have a pen and a piece of paper, find one. There's some paper over there. There are you can write it in your phone, you can draw pictures, do something, but write it down. That's the key. I want you to...

...write it down. And again there's going to be a video that plays and I want you to think about it. What do you do? What are the most important things for you to accomplish every single day? I want you to write it down and then I'll be back. All right. Well, hopefully that was a meaningful time for you to consider and think about your priorities. Guess what, I don't care what you wrote down. I just don't care. I don't care at all. You're like, that doesn't make any sense. Yeah, I really don't. I don't care about what you wrote down, I care about how you wrote it down. So that's why I was trying to tell you to write it down. So now you're like, I missed out, I didn't write it down. I know, I know how you wrote it down. Okay, and here's what I mean. You probably wrote a list something like this, and if you didn't write a list, you should. You know, let me know, because we're on the same wavelength there. I'll be impressed. But you probably wrote a list, because I kind of set you up for it. But you probably put maybe you put your faith, you put your family, put your work, you put like fun stuff, you know, taking care of yourself, your health down. You know, all this stuff on your list. And he said, every single day, I want to make sure I do these things. I want, you know, I want to put God first. Right then, Jesus say something about that. And then, you know, my family's really important, and you know, work sometimes consumes my whole life. But you know what, it's not that important at the end of the day. But it is, but it's not, but you know. And then you don't know what to do with that one. And then you have like time for yourself, and then you have your health. But you know, really, if you make a list like this, like how do you even evaluate this? Because do you evaluate it by time? You know, you pray for five minutes a day, okay, well, you're at work for eight hours. Right. So how can you tell me that faith is more important than your work when you like literally it's not even on the same wavelength the amount of time that you invest or how a boy financial investment? You know, you probably invest a lot into your family and vacations and all this stuff, and you know like that thirty dollar, ten dollar a month gym membership is like, well, that's too much, you know. So maybe financially measuring it is probably not the best way to measure it either. So I don't think writing a list is the best way for you to understand what is most important to you in your life. Okay, does that make sense? Here is what I think is the best way to think about it. You've got all of these things that are important there. They're really important there, essential to who you are and what you're trying to accomplish in your life, who God made you to be. Is Jesus at the center of it, like, does he influence and control and lead you and guide you into your work and into your health and into your faith and into what you do for...

...fun and into your family? Is Is Jesus the center of it all? And it really goes back to the idea that we talked about two weeks ago with passion right, Jesus kind of boils down everything and to love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength and love your neighbor as yourself. It's like that's where all of this comes from. That's that's that's what you do, and you don't just check the box of faith and then you move on to the next thing. Are you don't just leave your family at home while you go to work. He does, don't you know, take care and do all this fun stuff and forget about the insid the responsibilities you have at work. Like it all is you, and Jesus wants to be at the center of it, Lord over it all, and he wants to influence it and lead you and guide you and direct you in all of these things. And so if we get our priorities right, if we get our time management and Energy Management Right, I think we have an excellent chance of making some significant differences in our world. So here's three differences that I think, well, you can make if we do these things that we've talked about in this series. Number one one, I think we can spend more time doing what we love, you'll have more time, you'll free yourself up, you'll feel more productive doing the thing that you love to do. Because here's the thing about our life, and I probably this is probably true about you, it's true about many people. You are so good at something. God has given you specific gifts and abilities to do things that only you can do, and you put very little effort into that, probably because you are good at it. You are fast with it, you are efficient, you can just show up, you can do it, you can don't even have to think about it, and you are good at it and people recognize you for they might pay you for it, but you aren't. You cheating your gift. Like God gave this to you. So like, work it out, develop it, spend time experimenting and thinking, and don't just wing it. Mean you could wing it. Maybe you do wing it and nobody even knows, but God knows. And if you invested some more energies, some more time into what you're really good at, I think there could be a significant difference that you make in this world. So like, for example, if I got up to preach a sermon to you, and you know, I could probably talk for thirty to forty minutes and and if I had zero preparation, if I never thought about what...

I was going to say before, if I never put it together, there is a good chance, just by the way God has gifted me, I never thought I'd be doing this, but after years of practice and experience, there's a good chance you probably wouldn't even know that I put zero thought and effort into this. I just showed up here and stood on stage and talk with you right it just probably wouldn't know. But I can't do that. Like I can't do it because God has has entrusted me with this opportunity that I believe is so important, so life changing, so special, and I need to do the best I can do. And so by the time that you hear a message like this for me, I've probably preached it five or ten times to myself. I've thought about it in the shower, I've probably ridden a bike and thought about it and ran through it and have most of it in my head, memorized and and like like that's important to me, like that's essential to what God has called me to do and and I could, you know, just probably just wing it and you probably wouldn't even know. But that's me. Like, what about you? Right? You probably spend so little time doing something that you absolutely love to do, like you're great at music. What if you spent time developing your music abilities, developing your singing or writing or or relationships? You studied it, you practice that, you prepared, you experimented, you thought about it, you planned. It. Would probably make you a better salesman, a better doctor, a better factory worker, whatever you do, whatever your gifted at, you will have more time to invest in those things and and probably make a bigger difference in whatever it is that you're doing. If we manage our time and our energy better. We think that would happen. Or how about this one? We would be able to focus on what we can control more than what we can't control. Like, if we know we only have a limited amount of time, a limit amount of energy, a limit amount of resources, then stop wasting it worrying about things that you can't control. Right, what a waste of time. Pray about it and trust it to God and then do something that you can control, because he's got that taken care of. And how many hours of your day do you waste worrying about this? Worrying about the stock market. No one's manipulating the stock market here, I don't think right. Nobody's controlling government decisions. I mean, there's things that you can do, so do it right, but don't, don't waste all of these hours, you know, thinking about things that are totally out of your control. You only got a limited amount of energy. Or how about this one? I love this one. If we manage our time and our energy, will be around more, will be around more. If you are so busy...

...doing so many things, running around to this thing and that thing and accomplishing this and doing that, then like you just you're just not around, around your friends, around your family, around your church, you around the things that are meaningful to you, and being around doesn't guarantee that anything relationally significant will happen, right. I mean you could be sitting on your couch all night long and your spouse just walks past you many, many times and you're like hello, I'm here. Right, that doesn't guarantee that anything will happen. But if you're not around, that absolutely a hundred percent guarantees that nothing relationally significant will happen. Right, if you are not involved in your kids life at all, if you don't go to their stuff, if you don't play with them, if you don't talk to them, then then that's it. Right, there's no chance for anything else to happen. If you don't show up to gathering with Church people, right, you'll wonder, like where is all the relationships at Church? Like why is it this working? Well, you're not around. So, like, nothing significant is going to happen. Right at work could be the same thing. You you're maybe you're physically present, but mentally, you know, you're not even in the same zip code and you're like, I wonder, why is it? This isn't working. I wonder why, like nothing significant is happening. Well, because you're not present, you're not you're not there. So if we manage our time and our energy and our resources well, then there is a chance that's something relationally significant will happen because we've made it a point to be around, which is is kind of ironic or kind of funny, because as we end today, I want to draw our attention to this one last verse in Luke Sixteen. But Jesus often withdrew to the Wilderness for prayer. So his routine, his regular rhythms, his things that he did. He often. He often withdrew. He often got away from the big spotlights and the crowds and the thousands of people and everyone trying to get a touch of him, to heal him and provide for him. Right he often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. And what's really fascinating about this word wilderness is like, if you look at the different translations of the Bible, this Greek word translated a couple different ways. It can be translated as lonely. He withdrew to the lonely places for prayer. He withdrew to the desert for prayer, he withdrew to the secluded plays or that desolate places. And so there's this tension because even the most introverted person needs people. We all need people, we need each other, we need community, we need those relationships, and yet at the same...

...time we need time for our self where it's just you. And guess who else is there with you? God is you and your heavenly father in the Wilderness, in the desert, in the secluded space, in the and this is the scary word, the lonely places. Maybe some of you feel like you're in a lonely place right now. God Is there with you and God does incredible work in the lonely places. Jesus went to the lonely places where it was just him and just as father, and that's that's all there was. There might have been thousands and tens of thousands of people wanting to get his attention, wanting to hijack his priorities, wanting to overwhelm his life, wanting to stress about with all of these different situations. But Jesus took time and often withdrew to the lonely places where it was just you and just his father. So sometimes we might have to have less business meetings with people, right, less, less time with people, so that we can make more time with God. Maybe it means canceling me some meetings, getting up earlier, going somewhere, buying a chair, saying no in order to have a great, regular routine and conversation time with God where it's just you and just God. And sometimes right if you're if you're taken, maybe less business meetings, less work things. That might mean less income in a season, which is scary to think about. Right, like if I didn't go to work that night and work that fifth job, well, then I don't know how you know like there's a lot of those things. Absolutely, but if we learn to embrace these spaces, lonely spaces, desert spaces, desolate spaces, then I think we will have a better chance of functioning the way that God wanted us to live our life. Will love our life, will love what we do, people will love being around us. And sure there might be financial decisions that come into play there, but just think, as we talked about a few minutes ago, if you're operating, you know, full cylinders in the Green Zone, God has a way of providing and helping you do more with, you know, smaller amounts of time if you're doing it in the right way, shape or form. And there he just might maybe help you, know, provide for you in ways that you don't even imagine and and maybe not, maybe not. But if you live and start to apply...

...some of these things, if you'd make time for those lonely spaces, those desert spaces, if you learn to manage your priorities and your energy wetter, I think it's going to end up well for you in the end. And Will it be easy? I don't think so. But will it be worth it? Absolutely so let's pray as we close our time together today. Heavenly father, we just come before you and in the middle of a room with many, many people, just want to and I want all of us to think about how sometimes it's good where it's just you and it's just me and we can get caught up in life doing a million different things. We can run from one thing to the next, we can go from this kid activity to this family gathering to this thing, to this church event to this other thing and and it doesn't feel like we have a time to breathe. It doesn't have feel like we have a time to spend any moment with you, God, and I pray that you would forgive us for that, forgive me for that, and God, help me to embrace the spaces that may feel lonely, that may feel like what are we actually accomplishing here? Because, God, I believe that you do some of your greatest work in those quiet, lonely times, that you show up in ways that are hard to understand but so real, and we just need it. We need you, we need your love, we need your grace, we need your passion that you provide. And so, God, I just pray as we enter and into this two thousand and twenty two year Lord, we believe that there are so many amazing things that you have in store for us as a church and individually. I pray that we wouldn't go too fast, that we would trust you each step of the way and that we would make time to say that. You know, there's so many important things to do, but my time with you, God, just me and you, is really, really, really important and I need it to help us to do that. In Jesus name, Amen,.

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