Running on Empty

I really like the music of the Eagles!  As a matter of fact, this summer, my husband and I went to a concert at our local library which featured an Eagles tribute band.  Awesome!  But do you ever feel like one of their songs?

Who out there feels like they have nothing left in the tank?  Who out there feels like they are always on the go, always running, never taking a break?  I’ll bet that 99% of us have felt like that at one time or another.  (There’s always that small minority that seems to have it together.  I personally have never met that 1%, but hey!)

I have mentioned before that I volunteered to help lead a First Place 4 Health group at our church, and, since our first session is tonight, I have been praying and studying to be ready.  Yesterday, I was reviewing a DVD presentation of theirs, “Leading With Excellence,” when I was struck by a point a speaker made.  Everyone in ministry is always concerned about effective “OUTPUT” – are you reaching and serving those you are ministering to effectively and correctly. But, leaders need to also be very concerned about “INPUT.”  If you are giving, giving, giving, and not filling up your tank, so to speak, you will soon run dry.

So how do you fill your tank?  With Truth.  Of course, there are those, like Pontius Pilate, who ask, “What is truth?”  Wrong question.  It’s really “what is Truth?”  With a capital T.  Truth with a capital T is easily found – just open your Bible.  God’s Word is Truth.  Hewbrews 4;12 says,

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

When we ingest the word of God, we fill up our tanks, so that we are ready to lead and give effectively to others.

So, what do you chose to believe – Truth or lie?  How do you chose to live – filled up and ready to be an effective leader, or in the fast lane, running on empty?

Let me know your thoughts on this!


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