Do you feel like you’re running on empty?
Are you completely drained at the end of most days?
Maybe you even feel drained as you START your day! If that’s the case, you have your WARNING sign! :)
We’ve heard it before, but let’s consider this analogy…
Your life is a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a can of your favorite beverage. You enjoy those moments when you get to take a sip or sometimes gulp after gulp. Every once in a while, you even share your favorite beverage with others.
After time has passed, your cup is empty, your glass is wineless, and you’ve reached the bottom of the can. What do you do at that point?
Well, if you are at a restaurant, you ask for a refill! If you are at home, you walk to the kitchen counter or refrigerator and pour yourself another glass!
What do we do in life when that happens?
Are we as quick to realize when we are empty? Do we have the wherewithal to recognize our depleted state as readily as when we see the bottom of the coffee mug?
“Yes, I need a refill.”
Those words slip fluidly off our tongue when the server at the restaurant asks if there’s anything we need. No hesitation. No guilt. We are not worried about what others think of our request. We don’t analyze our need and feel “less than” for asking.
You’re on empty today. Your cup is dry.
For you, it may have been dry for quite some time now.
The truth is, you CANNOT pour out if you’re on empty.
That is a fact! Just ask anyone who has found themselves on the side of the road trying to catch a ride to the gas station. It’s NOT a pleasant experience! They KNOW there’s no way to operate when they’ve reached “E.”
Your family needs you to be filled. Your friends and others around you need you to be full. Why? Because you have amazing things to share with them. Your ability to love, and give, and share life with others is completely dependant on your tank. If it’s filled, you can pour out without any trouble at all.
However, when you need to give encouraging words or when someone around you needs prayer or help with their struggles, it’s MUCH easier when you have something to give!
“You’re right. I’m on empty.” you say. “How do I fix it?”
You do what everyone does when they recognize their emptiness.
You ask for a refill. :)
Who are you asking, though?
You’re asking the ONLY one who can actually fill you. You’re seeking the One who knows exactly how much fuel you need for EVERY day you’re here on this earth.
Your dad. Your father. Your source.
He desperately wants to fill you up. He has seen you trying to pour out for SO LONG, and has been trying to get your attention! He has seen you struggling to love those who need to be loved and care for those around you. Your spouse, your children, your friends …
You give, and give, and give, but you forget the most KEY ELEMENT in the whole process!
The FILL UP!
Here’s the secret. It’s a DAILY need.
You need Him to fill you DAILY!
Otherwise, you will find yourself back on the couch at night or lying in bed feeling as if the world has sucked every ounce of energy out of you … again. Don’t live like that!
He wants you to live life to the FULLEST!
That’s the key word! FULL!
There’s no way to live life to the fullest if you’re empty. It’s a contradiction of terms. It’s an oxymoron.
Don’t live an “oxymoron” life. :)
He has a FULL life planned for you if you allow him to be your “filler.” So, the remedy … sit with him each day. Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, find the time of day when you hear Him best. Discover the moments where you can physically feel him pouring life back into you. He wants to do it. You NEED Him to do it. Let Him wrap His loving arms around you and fill you.
Believe me. Your family members, friends, co workers … those you meet on the street or those you run into at the grocery store … they’ll notice. You’ll notice. There’s a HUGE difference between EMPTY and FULL.
Let Him fill you up today.