I have heard there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who fill their gas tank back up before it even has a chance to hit the halfway mark, or those who push it to the limit, running on “E” coasting into the nearest gas station. I suppose most of us fall somewhere in between the two. It probably also depends on if there are driving teenagers in the house. (Amazing how the car’s gas tank can be full one minute and the next it is magically on empty.)
How full is your tank?
How about you? What are you running on? Fumes, half a tank, or a full tank? When it comes to my life, too many times I am guilty of trying to run low, or even on empty. I let the busyness of life distract me, and too soon I am running on fumes. You would think, at this point in my life, I would recognize the symptoms sooner and fill my spiritual tank up.
I want to encourage you to stop and refuel spiritually. Get in the word and spend time talking with the Lord. The dishes and laundry won’t go anywhere. I promise they will be there when you go back to them. I get crying babies, sick loved ones who need round the clock care, and circumstances such as those are different. Spend time with the Lord how and when you can. You can’t take care of others if you are running on empty yourself.
In the post “Vessels Fit For Use,” we take a look at what we are filling our lives with. Ephesians 3:19 tells us to be filled with the fullness of God.
“that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19
We have so many resources available to help us with our spiritual growth. Keep in mind that no one’s quiet time, devotional time, etc. looks the same. Don’t beat yourself up if you are not in a season where you can spend hours in your prayer closet. The point is to spend quality time with your Father, allowing him to refresh you and fill you with what you need. We won’t make it in this life without Him.
My favorite ways to refuel spiritually:
- Anointed praise and worship music.
- Prayer – individually or with a friend.
- Reading the Bible/Bible studies.
- Devotionals – there are all kinds out there, find one that works for you.
- Count your blessings – remembering what God has already done for you.
- Watching a Christian comedian – Proverbs 17:22, Nehemiah 8:10