Have you ever had dead battery on your car?

Well, we’ve had a little experience with that lately. My husband has a truck that we don’t drive very often. It’s not as fuel efficient as our cars, so we primarily drive those to work.

Over the past several months, we’ve had some trouble with a dead battery and the truck not starting. So, we jump it off or charge the battery, and it’s fine for a while. We actually had the battery replaced a year or so ago because it got so dead it wouldn’t work at all. (I feel that way sometimes.)

So, what was the problem?

Well, we thought we had it all figured out. A couple of years ago, my husband installed a new radio and backup camera himself. We assumed that he must have missed a step somewhere, and those new electronics were pulling energy out of the battery.

We were wrong.

Finally, we gave in and took it to a car stereo installer to have it checked out and to fix whatever had not been done correctly in the installation process. They said they looked it over, checked this, tested that, and found nothing wrong with the components themselves.

We simply needed to clean the battery.

After sitting for long periods of time without being driven, the posts on top of the battery had developed corrosion. 

The corrosion on the battery – caused by inactivity – was creating bad connections, so it couldn’t stay fully charged. That was it. The guy cleaned them up, added a little lubricant, and it runs like a charm.

It’s funny – that’s how we work, too.

We often complain because our physical bodies aren’t what they used to be. We can’t be as active as we once were. Stairs are a lot more daunting than they used to be. And we get tired a lot more quickly than we did a few years back.

But, are we creating a “dead battery” by letting our bodies “sit in the driveway” per se most of the time without driving them?

Just like the car that needs to be driven on a regular basis to prevent corrosion and erosion of various important parts, our bodies need regular use.

If we spend most of our time parked on the couch watching TV, we can’t expect our bodies to be ready for much more than that. We have to use our bodies to maintain their strength and endurance. Otherwise, things start to fail.

This “corrosion factor” is true for many other areas, too.

Think about a relationship that isn’t as strong as it once was. Do you put the time and energy into developing it that you did back when things were really good? Or have you let it sit idle with complacency and comfort?

How about your financial situation? Maybe you had things under control when you were a little more stringent with following your budget and cutting costs. Now…not so much.

This holds true for our spiritual lives as well. 

Think about this Psalm for just a minute:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  – Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

According to this scripture, we are able to connect better with God and rest in His presence when we put in the effort to spend time with Him.

We have to keep that engine running, or we’ll find ourselves dealing with spiritual corrosion, too. 

Jesus also told us,

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John 15:4

If we want our spiritual lives to keep running strong, we have to spend time with Jesus.

What is it in your life?

Is there an area where you have a dead battery?

If so, take inventory and see if you’ve neglected to keep it running. Have to stopped working on that area and let things sit and corrode?

Make the changes you need to make today. Clean up the battery. And start driving it!

Let’s Get FIT Together!

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