I was sitting on the porch when I noticed a brilliantly-colored cardinal land on my bird feeder a few feet away. He only stayed a split second before going about his day. A moment later a few sparrows did the same thing. It struck me as odd that none of the birds stayed as long as they typically do.
So, I set my coffee down and went to investigate. It didn’t take long to realize why the birds weren’t sticking around – my feeder was completely empty. There wasn’t a single seed to be had!
As I refilled the feeder, I wondered how many people have come to me and left without receiving what they needed because I was simply too empty. How many times have I operated in my own strength and found it depleted all too quickly? How often do I start my day with my feet hitting the ground running instead of my knees hitting the ground in prayer? When I fill my days with meaningless entertainment and godless chatter, from what can I draw to provide godly counsel? If I work non-stop, seven days a week and allow myself to become so physically exhausted that I can’t lift myself from my recliner, how will I lend a helping hand to my neighbor?
As I typed this, I pictured the many beautiful lakes in Colorado I saw last summer. They teemed with life because they were fed from mountain streams above, and allowed what they received to flow out from them as well. If we want to be a source of life to those who encounter us, we need to find a healthy balance between being filled and allowing others to feed at our table.
To be a source of that type of living water, we can’t let the well run dry. The demands of life, and the desire to serve others, will drain you – so spend time with God and allow Him to refill your heart each day. –Dave
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38)
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