Do you ever find that you have a stuffed schedule but a starved soul and wish that you had the stamina of the pink Energizer bunny that “keeps going…and going”? Since there are only twenty-four hours in a day, no matter how you slice, dice, or schedule it, I want to live every moment expectantly. Though there are many ways to live more energized, lately I have been focusing on two principles that are reinforced in Scripture: refuse to worry and prioritize praise.
Worry steals our solitude and saps our souls. We’re told that people who don’t know how much God loves them might worry about worldly things. But we know our Father and how abundantly He provides and are told by Jesus in Luke 12:31 to:
“Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
I rarely hear the verb “steep” used regarding our thoughts, but Eugene Peterson has a unique way of selecting words when paraphrasing The Message Bible to offer a fresh perspective. I “steep” a tea bag with hot water, infusing flavor into the water. When I steep myself with God, I’m infused with majestic awe, fully living every moment, making my world less shadowed with worry.
Now I don’t speak Greek, but I do know the Greek verb for worry is “merimnáō” meaning “divided into parts.”1 This makes sense to me, because I feel divided when I worry. May I share a less than stellar example from my life? Recently I made a special trip to the store to buy broccoli, my hubby’s favorite vegetable. I was hurried and haggard, torn up with worry over an incident at work. As I stood at the checkout it dawned on me that my mind was so divided, I had a cart full of food but not one stalk of broccoli. Do you have a cart full of moments but not a piece of peace?
One of the ways to combat worry is to plug into praise. Praise can be like Energizer® batteries to souls. Sometimes I literally sing the first song that comes to my mind turning on the radio to Life 88.5. There are hundreds of Bible verses that reaffirm the power that resides in praise. If your day is fast paced and you need something short, sweet and upbeat try Psalm 100. You may be familiar with verse four, having sung it in the hymn I Will Enter His Gates:
“I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart. I will enter His courts with praise.
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”
Praise allows us to focus on God and His power, rather than ourselves and our weakness. Today might you try praising God when you feel your “batteries need to be energized”?
1 Strongs Greek Online, s.v. “merimnáō” March 3, 2019 http://biblehub.comEnergize your day