So if you noticed I missed posting last week. The reason why is that I just felt drained, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. There’s something I’ve discovered in life. People are either givers or takers, and for the last few weeks I realized I was just giving and giving, and getting nothing in return. I had a psychology teacher who gave a great illustration that had to do with counseling others, but it can apply to this as well.
She said we’re like coffee pots. We pour out a little coffee for one person, and continue to pour out into others, but once the coffee pot is empty it needs a way to be refilled. She told us the important thing is that we find that source, and as Christians that source can only be God, nothing else.
I thought I was doing an okay job at spending time with God, but I realized it wasn’t enough to fill me up. It was just enough to get me by for the time being, and as soon as someone came to take something from me I was left empty again. The thing is we cannot fill ourselves completely with God when we let other things begin to creep in. The hard thing is that things can begin to creep in really easily, almost unbeknownst to us or under the radar. So we have to constantly be on our guard, and intentional about filling ourselves up with God. This can seem hard, but it’s actually simple because God is always with us, just like it says in Acts 2:25-28, “I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave. You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.” One thing I love about this verse is that it says "my body rests in hope." When I'm hopeful for something to happen I'm normally antsy in anticipation, but I love that David says that he rests because he knows that God will rescue him and fill him with joy, so he needn't worry.
And I want to finish with this verse from Romans 5. I know that it is one that if you’ve been a Christian or at least around the church for any great length of time you’ve probably heard, but the last few words hold great encouragement to us about finding our source in God. It says in Romans 5:3-5, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
Apart from God there is no love, so if we don’t fill ourselves with Him we cannot have love, and the greatest command God gives us is to love Him with all that we are and secondly to love people.
It is impossible to follow God’s greatest command if we don’t daily fill ourselves with Him. So try to find time with God whether it is just admiring the beauty of His creation around you or spending just 5 minutes reading His word. Think about it, we spend so much time doing things that neither fill us up nor take from us. They’re just surface stuff. So why not spend time filling yourself up with more of God? Remember we're all coffee pots that need a source to fill us up. So choose the source that never runs out!