By Caroline Gavin
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Purposeful Pathway is the haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.
The theme of this post is how to “clear the air” by plugging energy leaks.
Refreshing is the air this beautiful time of year! Autumn is a glorious season, radiant with colors and rich with transformations. As the leaves continually turn, each day brings a gift of its own unique vistas. One way in which I enjoy these continual changes is by breathing them in during my daily run. Yet, despite the lovely terrain and vistas, there are days when I simply do not feel like running up the steep mountainside trail. The thought alone can seem exhausting! Yet once I am running, the energy surges, and I am grateful for every heart-pumping, mind-clearing, fresh-air moment.
How powerful our thoughts can be! The thought of doing something can require far more energy than actually doing it. Ironically, too, the very action that seems draining in the mind can be energizing when in motion. This phenomenon is true not only on the trails but also in business and in life. Conflicts – such as unfinished projects, unfulfilling work or unresolved challenges – drain mental, physical and financial resources; oftentimes these energy drains go unnoticed by us.
What can we do, then, to plug these energy leaks? What can we do to clear the air? Let’s explore three ways:
- Prayerfully consider areas that need clearer air. What areas of your business are unresolved? Which activities are fruitless? What challenges are recurring? For example, do you have continual tension with an employee? A paid subscription that yields little or no fruit? A marketing activity that seems laborious and pointless? A program or product project that is ever looming but never blooming? Ask the Lord for guidance in determining these areas of energy leaks; then list the areas according to importance. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)
- Determine what needs to be done or deleted.Reviewing your list of unresolved and/or unfinished items, prayerfully and carefully determine which items need to be done…and which items need to be deleted. Has something been on your to-do list for months now? If God leads you to complete this item, remove the block (whether internal or external) to its completion; then wholeheartedly commit to completing the project. In some cases, however, the block may have served you: that is, the to-do item may seem reasonable, but it may not be the best allocation of your time. The block, in this case, could have been a gift from God. As always, seek God’s wisdom. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Working through the list in this manner, check off the items to be done and cross off the items to be deleted.
- Do…and renew.Once you have your refined list of items, move forward by formulating plans, setting deadlines and defining daily action steps. Additionally, celebrate the deletion of unnecessary to-do’s on your list. Find refreshing renewal by repeating this “clear the air” practice frequently. Habitually plugging energy leaks will lighten your load and your heart. The practice will provide space and grace for growing your business and glorifying God all the more. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
No matter the season, I encourage you to plug those energy leaks and clear the air! When we focus upon the work God has given us rather than the work we (or others) have given ourselves, we discover the purposeful life of peaceful abundance. When we walk in stride with our Savior, we find His “yoke is easy and (His) burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) We see that His purposeful pathway is one in which we “may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
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Let’s Pray: Loving Lord, we thank You for helping us to clear the air by plugging energy leaks. We appreciate how Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. We praise You for leading us upon Your purposeful pathway, the way of life in fullness. Help us, Wondrous Wise One, to discern those things which require our focus and those things which do not. Guide us, Glorious God, in channeling our energies purposefully, powerfully and for Your glory. We love with all we are, every moment of every day…and it is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Caroline Gavin is a Blissful-Living Mentor, Poet, Author and Radio Host. Having found eternal victory in Christ, she overcame the dark depths of depression and the near-death of an eating disorder. Her joy is sharing this joy in Jesus. As the Founder of Purposeful Pathway, she shares poetic inspirations and practical inspirations for blissful living. Refresh with her poetry and glean practical wisdom at www.PurposefulPathway.com. Connect with Caroline on Google+, Facebook and listen to her shows on Purposeful Pathway Radio. You can also enjoy free resources such as the 7-week transformational Journey to Joy and the 21-Day Attract Clients NOW Challenge on the Purposeful Pathway web site. Caroline delights in her purposeful pathway of helping others to pave pathways of purpose, peace and passion for God’s glory!