One day last week I woke up and had one of those mornings where i just couldn’t seem to get myself motivated to do anything. Things took longer than usual, and I certainly did not feel excited about the day. I just didn’t have any energy.
As soon as I had that conscious thought: “I have no energy,” I had a sudden realization.
Life is all about energy. We are meant to function with energy and ease. That’s our natural state. It wasn’t my state at the moment. What could I do?
I thought about my day so far. The minute I woke up, I began thinking about my “to do” list. It was long. I knew that it was going to be a very busy day. My thoughts went like this: I don’t see how I can get all this done. It’s just going to be too much. I’m already tired, and it isn’t even the normal time to get up yet! I think it’s going to be a hard day.”
I had chosen to “plug into” the energy of doubt, discouragement, and overwhelm.
I could have chosen to “plug into” a different source of energy. I could have chosen the energy of “faith and remembering”. I could have had thoughts like these: Today is a busy day, and there is much to be accomplished. I will need an additional source of power today - one that can help me recharge quickly. I will need to spend extra time in prayer, and I will need to ask Heavenly Father specifically to help me with these three main things on my list. I don’t know how to get them all done, but He does know, and He can help me.”
When we are discouraged, lacking energy, think about the energy placement. Have we “plugged in” to the right source of energy? The energy of faith is constantly available, and never fades.
Here’s a scriptural example. In 1 Nephi Chapter 3 Lehi talks to Nephi. He tells him that he has already asked Laman and Lemuel to go back to Jerusalem and get the plates from Laban. He says:
V. 5: And now behold, thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them, but behold, I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord.
Laman and Lemuel had “plugged into” the energy of “hard.” Nephi’s response, though, was different. He “plugged into” the energy of faith and remembering. “I will go and do,” he said. He knew that the Lord’s source of energy would enable him to accomplish the task.
We choose the energy.