I have been pouring from an empty cup lately. I have tried and tried to fill it up myself, but that hasn’t worked in the least. A cup that is so used to being filled with the Living Water is not going to be satisfied with the tap water that I can provide myself. I have been desperately needing God to fill me with a sustaining substance, but haven’t stop pouring out long enough to allow Him to fill.
Truth be told, I have been so convinced that by running and doing a million and one things a day, that I have accomplished so very much. But in reality, I haven’t been able to complete anything with the intentionality that the task deserves.
The biggest of these half-hearted attempts has been my relationship with Jesus. Rather than slowing down and resting in His love and adoration, I have been the squirmy toddler who wants to get up and run around in circles with no true purpose in the activity.
I have been exhausting myself in my attempts to rest. All because I like to take matters into my own hands, rather than hand him over to my loving Father who yearns to carry my burdens for me.
Maybe you can resonate with this… maybe you have been carrying the weight of your burdens, too.
But with the New Year and the beauty of new beginnings before us, I challenge you to release those heavy burdens and allow the God of the universe to fill you with the Water that only He can.
Because friend, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
For the last few years, I have been praying over one word all year as a substitute for the resolutions I know I will never keep. A sweet friend introduced me to this idea and it has been so fruitful in my life. I did not imagine that God could work so much in my life around one single word, but He is so awesome.
This year, my word is intentionality. Intentionality in my walk with Jesus, intentionality in my relationships, and intentionality in the things I allow into my life. Less space for burden, more space for the Living Water.
I would love to hear if you also pray over a word in the new year and what your word is!