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What are you Filled With?
I find that I have friends that always seem to be ‘busy’ doing stuff. Many times I wonder what is the fruit of their busy-ness!?! After some thought, I realized that their cups are full of stuff. Just stuff. They fill up their time and energy doing stuff. As I started to think about this, the Holy Spirit dropped a DIME about filling up your cup (time and energy) with meaningless tasks and things just to look a certain way. This blog post is to encourage everyone to stop trying to do what seems cool, cute, ‘godly’, popular, etc. Do what you know is right and Christ-centered. Let’s veer away from doing things for show… after all who cares what the people think!? They will not be signing your approval ticket to heaven!
(Photos from dinner in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic)
Be careful not to fill your cup with toxins. Many things can be considered a toxin: friends or relationships, TV shows we watch (ratchet TV), or simply being too busy for anyone or anything. These things serve as distractions. We must fill our cups with substance that will sustain us. Stop wasting time with temporary satisfaction (lustful things) that will make us feel good for the moment. Something like drinking for a Friday night buzz, then waking up to a hangover on Saturday. It might be difficult to enjoy the next day because you are suffering for that temporary buzz you wanted the night before. Whether your Friday night toxin is a relationship that you cherish so much, or even some activity that you spend unnecessary time on, when they are gone, they may leave you lonely, hurt and damaged.
Too much ‘good’ stuff
There is definitely such thing as too much good stuff. We all know that cake is not a good food, but foods like peanuts, bananas or avocados are likely to be classified as good food. There is such thing as having too much of these, it can become an issue. Filling up our cups with good stuff is cool but remember it’s just stuff! Things like working to make money, working endlessly on educating yourself to get the next level of qualifications, or even volunteering for all sorts of events. Keep in mind that you cannot work your way into heaven. Your works will not be the reason you get in, so fill your cup up with substance, not works to be seen or stuff to impress!
The good thing
Let’s fill ourselves up with God! The bible says that once we seek the Kingdom, all the other stuff will follow (Matthew 6:33). Notice the order? The Kingdom first. Then everything else will come. You will get what you need and the ‘good’ stuff. Filling up your cup with God is full of benefits! You will gain fruit and show it. That’s your substance. With this substance, you will also be able to fill someone else up! You will (naturally) give people what you have. Thus, when you are filled with good substance, you can pour out good substance. If you only have a cup filled of nothingness, that’s what you will spread.
There is a God-sized void that can only be filled with God! No thing or person will ever be able to fill it. If you put a circular object in a square hole, there will always be space that is not filled, which will cause disappointment. One day the harsh reality will come when you realize that money cannot buy you happiness, that relationship that seemed so perfect falls apart, or your education just could not get you that perfect job you thought you were qualified to land. The hard core truth is that people and things will certainly let you down. If that is what you fill your cup with, you will one day find yourself devastated when they are gone. Fill your cup with substance that will give you life and last to the end of time.
Until Next Post…