When you use something like a cell phone for too long without charging it, it will eventually shut down. Usually my phone flashes a warning before it turns off, and I put it into Low-Power Mode. Still, no device can stay powered on forever, and, once the battery runs out, it will no longer function. We are the same way, we need to be plugged in before we can function at our highest level.
Now when I analogize (it's a real word, look it up 😉) our lives to technology, as I'm sure people have done before, I hope you understand what I'm trying to say. Yeah, we need food and water to survive, but I'm not talking about that. I believe our power source is something else, something greater. People across America eat and drink, but they are still hurting, sad, and depressed, and they still hurt each other. I see it every day - you see it too. Our world is in a dire state, and I feel like too many people live every day on Low-Power Mode, living with low joy and fulfillment. I see people with their brightness turned all the way down, and you can tell by their countenance. I see people in Airplane Mode, totally disconnected from the world around them. I see people who live life in Do Not Disturb, they don't like to talk to people or deal with anybody at all because they are afraid that the little power that they have left will be misused by those around them, leaving them hurting and hopeless. I see people who closed all of the apps that they used to run, living life bored and uninvolved. I see all sorts of people who are hurting, and that's why I want to do this. I want to help people who are hurting. If what I post can help just one person, then it's worth it to me.
But, if it's not just food and drink that we need, then it must be something more. My experience has taught me that God is who we need, who this world needs (and yes, I am talking about the God from the Bible). Yes, this world needs love and forgiveness and kindness, but those things come from God. In fact, psychologists like Ed Diener and others call these emotions "spiritual emotions." From what I have learned and experienced, plugging into God is essential to living a fulfilled life.
When we plug into God, the ultimate source, we can get the power we need to live life well. I understand that some people who read this may not believe in God, and that's totally okay! (I don't usually use exclamation points but I'm using one now because it really is okay!) I'm not a pastor, and I'm not trying to force my religious beliefs on anyone. I just believe that people living their lives without God are missing a part of their lives that everyone really needs. I know that when I don't make enough time for God in my life, I feel it. I begin to feel empty and almost purposeless. It's not a good feeling. But, when I do get connected to God again, it's amazing. I hope you believe me when I say this (or write this, whatever) but finally reconnecting with God (or even connecting for the first time) feels truly wonderful.
I don't know if you've experienced this, but I like to describe connecting with God like this: connecting with God is like meeting that special person that you knew was meant for you. The person who can make you whole, the person who will love you forever and ever, unconditionally. If you know that feeling, multiply it by 1,000 and that's what it's like with God. If you haven't been connected with God, try to find a church home that will welcome you and help you form a relationship with Him. Or, if you don't want to hop into a church, ask a friend of yours who knows God, or a family member, or anyone. Reach out, if you can. Your life will never be the same.
I'll use myself as an example. When I go to church and worship, I get to meet with God. I plug in to the true power source and I am filled with what I need to live life well. God's love is the outlet that I need to get plugged in to. When I surround myself with positive people who spread love, together we can charge each other, sort of like computers charging other devices. We fuel each other, almost. When I read God's Word and pray, wherever I am (not just in church), I can plug into God's word and gain insight regarding His plan for my life. It's almost like the power bank, I can take it with me and stay charged up.
In essence, what I'm saying is: if you feel like something may be missing, something's just not right in your life, or you feel empty, maybe you've been running on a low battery for a very long time. But that's okay. There is still time to plug in. Find a church family. Surround yourself with supportive people who care about you and want you to succeed as much as you do. My last point is this: A lightweight laptop is not always a high-functioning device. It can go for a whole day without being plugged in. With higher-functioning devices such as desktop computers, they are plugged in all the time. Higher-functioning often requires more power, and the devices need to be plugged in to work properly. If we want to function at a high level, we need to be plugged into the right source - all the time.
If you're not feeling 100%, maybe you need to get plugged in 😉