I’ve had a couple verses on a Post-it note attached to the bottom of my computer for several months now. When I read it in the NIV, I think, That’s kind of a neat verse. When I read it in The Message version, I think, This is exactly what I need to hear every day. Like every day.
What I’m getting at friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:12-13
It’s easy to be energetic when you’re surrounded by a group of friends and acquaintances. It’s easy to work as a group and get things done. It’s easier to run 13.1 miles when you’ve got a friend beside you running.
The test comes when you go out on your own or when you need to start doing something again that used to be fun, but isn’t so fun any longer. The test comes when you don’t feel so energetic.
It’s when your legs hurt so bad that you don’t think they’ll work normally again. It’s when your feet are in so much pain they feel like they’re going to fall off.
It’s those time you keep on walking.
It’s when you’ve been burned by someone who said they loved you. How are you supposed to love someone who shows no love back? Even if you don’t feel it, we must love.
Love is a choice. Not a feeling.
So I’m taking this a little further. Whether we’re running a race or helping out someone who has taken advantage of us over and over and over again, it’s the choice to be energetic about our service.
Energetic is a choice…AND a feeling.
Sure there are times when you’re just too tired to sing one more song to your kids or read one more book, but you do it anyway because they deserve the best of you. And sometimes once we start acting energetic, then we start feeling it, too.
So today, go out there and choose to be energetic. Choose to love. Choose to keep walking.
I will, too.
How do you keep your energy up?