Filling Up

By Rodney Holmstrom, National Director West, Apr. 8, 2019

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
2 Cor 9:8 (NIV)

Coffee is important in any recovery meeting but especially when your group meets at 5:45am.

Most weeks my co-leader graciously makes the coffee but for whatever reason I beat him to the building this time. So, I decided to make coffee even though I wasn’t extremely familiar with the coffee maker at the church.

I did great in finding the coffee filters, the coffee grounds, and even found the right button to push to ensure a good cup of coffee. I pressed start and walked away to do some other things before the groups started.

Walking back by a few minutes later I heard a noise that didn’t sound familiar. Actually, it was the same noise of coffee brewing, only magnified by about tenfold. I heard the sound of loud water splashing.

Knowing this didn’t sound good, I went over to the coffee machine and that’s where I found a gigantic mess. I found coffee spilling out all over the floor.

The problem was that the little lever on the front was supposed to be upright while brewing and instead it was pressed down. So, instead of the tank filling up, all the coffee that was brewed to this point was literally flowing out just as fast as it was brewing. What a mess!

As I think about this, I am reminded of how we as believers can do the same thing with our life. When we have the lever down with full outpour the tank never has a chance to fill up and it just makes a big mess. This is when we are pouring into others at the expense of ourselves and not taking very good care of our own soul.

When we do this, it begins to show itself as a mess and damaging to our personal life. We get depleted and then start reacting to others in ways that is just plain messy.

Are you taking time to fill your own tank? If you never slow down long enough to fill up your own heart and mind, it will only create a mess for those around you, starting with your own family and friends.

Take some time to connect with God and allow Him to fill you up. Instead of putting our energy into cleaning up the messes we make, we can use that energy to pour into others what the Father is teaching us.

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