So, imagine our limited energy divided between all the things for which we are responsible. For me, I see as the center of the pie my relationship with the Lord. All the other slices of the pie connect to the hub. The energy supply is limited though so I need to be careful how I divide it. Gayle gets a pretty nice slice, so does my job, my ministry and my adult kids. My inner circle of friends get a slice of the energy pie too! The supply is limited. I really see how working a full and part-time job, the part time role gets a smaller sliver of energy. Even for someone who is responsible and cares deeply, there is only so much energy to go around.
There are times in life when the energy we have to invest in one of the segments of the pie gets depleted or drained by competing interests. Think for example of a guy who is investing much energy into pornography, he thinks because it is secret it doesn’t really matter. But, he is robbing his wife of energy that should be invested in a healthy relationship with her. Or sometimes within a segment our energy gets sidetracked on things of lesser importance. Within my work portion of energy I can focus on numerous areas but what if I am giving energy to an area that isn’t going to produce though I look busy? What if I’m spending too much time in an area that drains me of vital energy I could use to better purposes somewhere else?
This concept of only having a finite amount of energy to invest has caused me to look more carefully at each segment of the pie so as to maximize my use of the limited energy supply I have.
It takes much energy to nurse anger and resentments and that also will keep me from leveraging my energy to the max. This makes me want to travel light! It makes me want to fine tune and avoid or minimize energy depleters. It makes me want to invest more heavily in areas that generate energy.
I’m really just thinking out loud. Feel free to join the conversation with your ideas.