Right now, in your house, this very second, vampire power may be taking its toll on your life, draining you of precious resources! Your toothbrush, your laptop, almost any appliance in your home may have these sinister vampire abilities. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a drastic way to describe wasted electrical power, but you are interested now, aren’t you?
Vampire power is the term used to describe the energy used by electrical devices when they’re not in use. For example, the previously mentioned electric toothbrush charges 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for you to use it for all of 5 minutes daily (hopefully). While this seems trivial, it really adds up. Some estimates say it costs about 19 billion dollars annually in the US alone. Ouch. Nobody wants their electric bill to have vampire abilities. And the solution is ridiculously simple: unplug. Unplugging your devices when they’re not in use saves you money and helps us steward the environment God asked us to care for.
My toothbrush’s vampire abilities started me thinking of things (or people) that drain us all in ways that might be overlooked or unnoticed. Toxic relationships, negative thought patterns, those little sins we just get used to like white noise, and things that we flat-out don’t want to take time to deal with can suck the life out of us, leaving us depleted of energy. While these can seem small, the combined energy drain can keep us from living the life God wants for us. And the solutions all require a simple solution: unplug.
3 Ways to Stop the Energy Drain
- Unplug from habits that are sucking the life out of you. Ask God to show you areas in your life that you need His power to help you overcome. As Pastor Craig talked about in the series When Pigs Fly, God has the power to deliver us from things we are held captive by. Not only can God stop things from draining you, He can give you more power!
- Unplug from procrastination. Remember that the small stuff matters. Stop putting things off that you know you need to do. Procrastinating allows things to mentally deplete us through dreading what we could simply get done if we chose to. Clean out that closet, have that difficult conversation, and stop letting the small stuff drain you. It’s time to move on to bigger and better things.
- Unplug from the critical voices in your life. Some people just have an amazing ability to zap us of our energy. Just as unplugging a power-hungry electric appliance can reduce your electric bill, creating good boundaries with these types of people can help save you energy (and you can use that extra energy to pray for them).
The power to fight the vampires draining the joy, peace, and life out of you is in your hands. You always have a choice. You certainly can’t always control your circumstances, but you can always control your response. You can unplug your toothbrush and do your part to save energy (and money). And you can unplug your thoughts, actions, emotions, and personal energy from addictions, habits, and your reactions to negative voices. When you do, you’re doing your part to guard your heart and allow God to renew your mind.