I know when I’m running on empty.
When I start to feel that I’m getting too snarky, losing patience over silly matters or flipping my lid for seemingly no reason at all, then I know that I’m running low. I sort of like to think of myself as a tank that needs filling. And in those moments, it’s best for me to find something that gives me a chance to breathe and allows me an opportunity to center myself.
I can certainly fill my proverbial tank with podcasts, music or books, but it’s not the same as being filled with material that directly points me back to God.
So I wanted to leave you with a few resources that I have found incredibly helpful in my own life. Resources that I like to pull out when I feel I’m needing that heavenly reminder that I’m here not for me, but that I’m here to point others to Jesus. And I can’t do that well if I’m not in the right place myself.
Because each of us experience God in different ways, all of these resources below will be different forms of entertainment. Like:
* Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic — “Beyond the Circle” Series.I enjoy reading thrillers, but I don’t love horror. So, Ted Dekker’s novels really work for me. This series in particular does an incredible job of tying in Biblical themes in the most unlikely of places. Plus, if you or your older kids are into suspense, this might be a good fit.
* The Chosen TV series: Sometimes it’s difficult for me to picture Jesus as a living, breathing person who walked the earth. But as I watch each episode, I’m confronted with the reality of Jesus’ radical love for every individual.
* Lecrae’s album Restoration: When I work out, I listen to rap and hip/hop. It’s the only thing that can really pump me up for the physical exercise I probably don’t want to do. But a lot of music in these genres are far from family friendly. Enter Lecrae. I really enjoy this album because it’s an open, honest work that finds Lecrae asking God to heal his past pain and wounds and to restore him to be the man he’s called to be.
Perhaps not all of these will be your cup of tea. Maybe none of them will be. But hopefully they can set you on a journey so that you can find creative, intimate ways to connect with God in your own way.