Spend Your Best

Everybody gets fresh energy, ideas and passion each day.  What do you do with it?

A few years ago I found myself holding back, worrying that I’d run out.  Between the weekly messages I prepare for, the blogs I write,  conferences, seminars and internal events we do at Connexus, I spend a lot of time communicating.  A few years ago, I noticed I was holding back some exciting ideas for current talks for use in future talks – not because they fit better there, but because I was afraid I wasn’t going to have anything useful to say when that talk came along.

The more I thought about that, the more it bothered me.

So I changed my approach.  I decided to use my best ideas as soon as possible and not hold back.  I decided I would empty whatever God put in my cup and simply trust him to replenish it.  I’m so glad I did that at multiple levels.  It really has grown my faith and I promise you God has replenished my cup more times than I would have imagined.  (Whether other people find what I have to say helpful is up to them – all I know is God has been incredibly faithful from my viewpoint.)

Which makes me wonder what else I’m holding on to.

Why not just spend what you’ve got…every day?

What if you unleashed all the energy you had on the people you love most today?

What if you approached moments with your kids with whatever zeal you could muster?

What if you brought your best ideas to the meeting this afternoon?

What if you went for broke in whatever conversations you were having?

You’d need to be rested and refueled to do this.  I’m a big fan of resting well, otherwise burn out is inevitable.  I’m not talking about burning out.  I’m just talking about not holding back – spending whatever God gives you in a given moment.

Wayne Gretzky said it this way – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

I’ll bet your kids, your spouse, your colleagues and your friends will be glad you spent your best every day.

What are you learning about holding back or spending the creativity, ideas and energy God gave you every day?


  1. Dr. G. on March 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Just what I needed tonight! Thank you.

  2. Shelly on March 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    This totally encouraged me today, and gave me the little push that I needed!
    Thank you!

    • Carey on March 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      So glad Shelly. Thanks!

  3. Chuck on March 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I second AJ’s response. That was a home run, Carey. Enough said.

  4. AJ Thomas on March 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I have nothing intelligent to add just wanted to say thank you for writing this. I needed to hear it.

  5. Chris on March 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

    This is great. The bonus of spending creative energy is that WHAT you create becomes inspiration for future creativity. So as you create better you are actually putting a replenishment strategy in place.

    • Carey on March 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Chris…so true. The more you spend the more you get.

      AJ and Chuck…thanks. You probably have no idea how much little comments like the ones you left encourage me. Pretty sure that’s true for all of us.

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