Charged And Ready To Go


Our world has moved more and more toward disposable things, ranging from cups and plates to television sets. Not as many things get fixed anymore, more often they just get replaced. Even if you get your car fixed, chances are good the fix was a replacement of components, not a good old fashion repair.

But many things that we use on a daily basis need preventative maintenance. We service our vehicles, lawn mowers and A/C units. Our homes need to be maintained otherwise they get rundown, broken and dysfunctional. People who operate heavy machinery or manage a truck fleet understand that preventative maintenance is necessary to ward off failures of equipment that lead to down time and expensive repairs.

That thought process can be applied not only to physical things, but spiritual things too. If we want to be healthy in either or both, it requires some preventative maintenance, sometimes some minor repairs, and occasionally a major repair or two. In fact, a complete ‘overhaul’ is even sometimes necessary, especially in the spiritual sense.

The more we can do to stay healthy spiritually, the more we can ward off spiritual illnesses and breakdowns, the more productive we can be, the more effective we can be, and the more time we can devote to the things we are called to do.

Today, in an effort to encourage us all, ponder with me how much we put into keeping our spirits in tip top shape, so that we will have fewer failures and require fewer repairs when it comes to spiritual things. Plug into God, spend time in His word, talk to Him frequently. Our physical bodies need a daily recharge so that they can function. Do we understand our spirit needs the same daily attention?

Jesus reminded His listeners on one occasion that life wasn't all about the physical, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matt 4:4) We seldom, if ever, go a day without physical food, do we? How hungry do we get for spiritual food?