Smart meters for the soul

Those of you who know me well know that I like gadgets. Very early in my ministry, before really portable mobile phones I had a pager, then I got my first flip phone, then I went high tech and got a Blackberry. I like the fact that my car lights switch on when needed and the windscreen wipers too without me having to flip switches. Gadgets are fun. Therefore it will be no surprise to hear that when the Manse got offered a free smart meter for our electricity and gas I jumped at the chance.
It is really quite interesting. You immediately get to see the effect of switching on the coffee maker, the kettle or the central heating. You quickly get a sense of how much power you use throughout the day and so can compare days and think I have done well this day or not so well that day.
It made me think how useful it would be to have a spiritual meter. I sometimes think that we do not realise how much different events, conversations or visits can take a toll. We get to the end of a day and feel totally drained, not in a physical sense but in a Spiritual sense and wonder why. That is why it is so important to spend some time with God each day. That is why it is so important to spend time reading scripture, reflecting on what you have read and then in prayer to God. Only by keeping up a regular quiet time can you replenish your spiritual batteries and keep your spiritual smart meter ticking over. Spend time with God every day, you will be surprised how much your days improve.

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