Energy Begets Energy

When we devote ourselves to things that give us energy, we have more energy for things we have no energy for.

Extroverts understand this. If one derives energy from being with people, one must do that to fuel those focused, solo work times. Saying, “I’ll deprive myself of this until I do this,” is a sometimes necessary, emergency move, not a best way to go about life.

There are times when we have to “eat the frog first,” doing the most unpleasant things first—going to traffic court, the dentist, or taking out the trash. But, much of the time, we’ll find if knock out things that give us energy, we work from an energy overflow rather than deficit. If we paid more attention to managing our energy than our time, we’d be more productive, because energy is what fuels productivity—not time.

Riding a bicycle up a steep hill is easier when you have a good head of speed going first. It’s not usually a cop-out, it’s just usually true.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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