When your emotional tank is empty, you’re unable to love others unselfishly. You just give up. You may have a sense of being overwhelmed and feeling inadequate. You may even get angry at the ones you love the most. You may try to avoid people or view them as problems. You have no desire to love.
To love others you have to keep your emotional tank full. When it gets low, it’s going to make a difference in your relationships.
The Bible has three suggestions for recharging emotionally:
Solitude–You need time alone. Today’s verse teaches us Jesus frequently withdrew from crowds when he needed to recharge himself emotionally. In this case there was so much hustle and bustle, Jesus says to the disciples, “Come apart for a while.” (KJV) You either come apart or you will come apart.
Recreation–One of my favorite verses is, “Jesus came enjoying life.” (Matthew 11:19 Phillips) He was the most intensive, ministry-oriented person who ever lived, but he enjoyed life. When you’re giving to others, it costs and exhausts. You need play time. For you it may be hobbies, a sport, a craft, or games. Experiment and find out what it is that recharges you emotionally, then make time for it.
Laughter – “Being cheerful keeps you healthy.” (Proverbs 17:22 TEV) There are studies that prove that when you laugh it increases the number of T-cells – and that raises your immunity level. It produces endorphins in your brain. Laughter is a load lightener, an emotional recharger and a love rebuilder.
—From Rick Warren’s daily devotional
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