Rick Warren

*Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” — Mark 6:31 (NIV)

“If you only laugh and enjoy life when your problems are all solved, you’ll never enjoy life.”

God’s Word gives us three habits that can help us recharge emotionally when we have nothing left to give.

Solitude – The Bible says, “So many people were coming and going [Jesus] said to them [the disciples]. Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'” (Mark 6:31 NIV) Jesus understood that our emotions are like a battery. If you plug one light bulb into a battery, it will last for a fairly long time. If you plug in 100 lights, the battery will drain very quickly. Many of us have so many lights plugged in, our battery is nearly shot. When your battery is drained, then you can’t help others recharge their batteries — you can’t give love.

Play — The Bible says, “Jesus came enjoying life.” (Matthew 11:19 Phillips) He was the most people-focus, ministry-intensive person who ever lived, yet he took the time to have fun. Certain activities recharge you emotionally; they literally re-create your energy and enthusiasm for life. We each have different activities that recharge us because we’re all made differently. Find out what recharges you emotionally – and make time for it.

Laughter – The Bible says, “Being cheerful keeps you healthy.” (Proverbs 17:22 GN) Studies prove that when you laugh, it raises your immunity to illness. Laughter is good for your health. Humor is God’s gift to us. Remember, God has a sense of humor — He made you and me!

To be emotionally balanced, take God very seriously but don’t take yourself seriously. Learn to laugh at your limitations. If you only laugh and enjoy life when your problems are all solved, you’ll never enjoy life.

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“Many people spend their lives climbing the ladder of success only to find when they reach the top; their ladder is leaning against the wrong building.” ~Unknown

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