When people are in need do they always run to you first? Do you consider yourself to be the “strong” friend? Well, today I want to remind you that you aren’t alone. I’m sure you’ve heard that you can’t pour from an empty cup, but yet somehow you still find a way to be there for others. When you pour from an empty reserve, you experience the residual effects of it. Frustration, tiredness, feeling overwhelmed, under appreciated and so much more. How do you refill your own cup?
One day I expressed this direction question to God. What does the encourager do when they need encouragement? He redirected me to Matthew 6:33. You first have to become full in the presence of God, then you will be able to pour out to everything else. To further illustrate this, God gave me an interesting image.
As I stood at the top of this hill, I found myself immersed within a beautiful field. As I crept to the boundaries of the field, I saw many other fields down below. Each field represented a different area of my life. One for health, family, relationships etc. But the one at the top of the hill represented my relationship with God, a field that God Himself waters. From there, an intricate irrigation tunnel sends water directly to the surrounding fields.
We feel so empty because instead of spending time in the field that matters the most, we go around to every field individually. What this does is cause a cyclic pattern in our life that keeps us weary and depleted. Yes, God sends us friends and other believers to help “fill” our cups, but it’s nothing like receiving our “filling” from the source. The more you dwell in the presence of God, the greater “filling” you will receive.
So if you find yourself in need of encouragement, I want to encourage you to spend more time in the field that matters.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
How important is it for you to consistently feel replenished? What keeps you from spending more time at the top of the hill? What changes can you make to ensure you dwell in the overflow?