I write a weekly newspaper article on energy related topics for a local paper here in Florida. I recently had this concept hit me. I want you to picture your home and then imagine the outdoor world around your home. The best way to conserve energy and reduce your utility bills is to have integration between the outside and the inside. What I mean by that is the closer the inside conditions are kept to the outside conditions, the less energy it will take to run your home. So if it is dark outside and dark inside, or cool outside and cool inside you don’t have to use any energy to alter the inside. The more different you want to make the inside space from the outside space the more energy it takes. So, if you want your home all lit up inside when it is dark outside it will take energy. If you want it cool inside when it is hot outside it will take a bunch of energy. I find the concept interesting.
In the spiritual realm as a Christian, I am called to be a light in a dark world. I am called to love even when I am hated. I am called to be a giver rather than a taker. It takes energy to consistently fuel my life to be different than the environment I am living in. I don’t have enough energy within myself to live that way. That is why Jesus taught, “Remain in Me and you will bear much fruit.” I need to stay plugged into the power source that is greater than my own to have the power to shine my light and brighten the world around me.