How Full is Your Cup?
Do you ever feel completely exhausted and drained at the end of the day? Once you get home you have zero energy and zero motivation left to give to your children, your spouse, or even the hobbies you love so much?
For a moment I want you to imagine yourself as a cup of water. At the beginning of your day you’re full to the brim and full of energy and love. As you go through the day you’re tasked with work, chores, challenging situations, etc. Little by little that water is leaking out or being taken away from you. This water isn’t necessarily being given purposefully but it happens.
So by the time you reach the evening, you’re bone dry with nothing left to give and nothing left for yourself. You wake up the next day, still empty.
This can easily happen with our love, our energy, our kindness, and so on. The world demands so much of us daily that we can sometimes exhaust ourselves trying to do it all. Balancing home life, work life, social life, growing a business, investing in hobbies, or even hair care- it can be a lot!
But imagine this same scenario with a cup that is overflowing?
With God, our cups are constantly filled. When was the last time you let the Lord pour into you? It’s no secret that He is a God of more than enough. That extends beyond finances and blessings but also to our joy, energy, and wisdom in this world. He wants to fill you with His love.
When we have love, wisdom, and joy overflowing, pouring into others does not take away from us. Think of those around you as other cups that you have an opportunity to pour joy, love, and the Word into. Others who themselves, might be running low or dry and we may not even know it.
Taking it a step further, you can think of each interaction and each word you say to someone else as cup filling or cup draining. We’ve all met those people that are cup fillers. You walk away from every interaction with them feeling lighter, refreshed, happy. You can’t put it into words but you love their company. These are the cup fillers.
Each day you have the opportunity to pour into those around you as a parent, a spouse, a coworker, a friend, a child. Every kind word or insult, hug or rejection, smile or scowl, is a decision we make to reflect God’s goodness in the world.
Once our own cup is full and overflowing we are better able to pour into others. How do we do this? We spend time with Him. Whether that is time in prayer, getting into the Word, or a praise session in your car on the way to work. The daily time we spend with Him, is filling us in ways we cannot even imagine.
This isn’t to say there still won’t be days where we are tired and drained. In those times let us lean on the Lord who replenishes us. Isaiah 40:31 says,
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Take a moment to acknowledge Him, thank Him, and praise Him for all that he has done opens the doors for that love to flow in. Spend time with Him and He will fill you with joy everlasting.
We would love to hear how you are letting him pour into you and how you are pouring into others in the comments!