Last weekend, while out for a ride, my motorcycle battery died, requiring a long wait for a tow home. I also had to buy a new battery. As I’ve told my motorcycle buddies about my predicament, many have asked, “Don’t you have a tender?”
I have a tender, but I didn’t realize I needed it, as long as the battery had a sufficient charge to start the bike, which mine did, at least while I was still at home. Since last weekend, I’ve learned that a tender should be used any time the bike isn’t in operation.
For those not familiar, a tender is a small device that connects the bike’s battery to a wall outlet, that charges your battery when it’s low, and maintains the battery when it is fully-charged. That’s the key – you want to keep your battery fully charged.
When I was growing up, I remember my Grandpa having a battery charger. He had boats, motorcycles, a tractor, lawnmowers, all requiring batteries for operation. Since he didn’t use all of them daily, or even weekly, when the batteries got low – or died – he would “re-charge” them. There were always batteries being charged at Grandpa’s. A battery might have fully lost it’s charge, but it could be “re-charged” by connecting it to the charger.
The truth is, I hadn’t used a tender or a recharger when my battery died. But, I’m learning, tending is far better for the battery than re-charging. Both will re-charge the battery. But, tending, by maintaining the charge is better for the overall life-span of the battery.
Maintaining the battery’s charge versus a cycle of dead battery, charged battery, dead battery, charged batter. Hmmmmm. The choice seems more obvious now.
Let’s apply this lesson spiritually. I can maintain my spiritual batteries by staying connected to the “Source.” Or, I can run my spiritual batteries until they lose their charge, or die between uses, and then attempt to hopefully recharge them. I can maintain my spiritual charge, or cycle between having a dead spiritual battery, followed by spiritual recharging, followed by a dead battery, followed by recharging, and so on, and so forth.
If I’m honest, I’ve always been a “re-charge” kind of Christian. I use up all of my spiritual charge, collapse, then desperately look for something to re-charge my battery. And, then I do it again. It’s like a roller-coaster of spiritual energy and utter depletion.
What would my spiritual life be like if I was regularly connected to a spiritual tender, that kept me connected to my power “Source,” all of the time?
Lesson learned – regarding my bike and my soul. Both need tending.