Running on Empty

On a recent road trip with my family, Michele and I noticed that we were getting low on gas. There are often two ways to approach a concern of fuel level when driving. You can either panic about the fuel level beginning at half a tank, or you can wait until the “E” light comes on and try to make it as far as possible. I’m sure you can guess which one of these approaches describe Michele and which one describes me. Thanks to modern technology, I pulled up the display that showed us how far we could travel until the car was on “Empty.” But the closer the number got to 0, the more concerned Michele got. Finally, we stopped to fill up and continue on our trip.

How many times do we travel on a depleting spiritual tank with the mindset that we can keep going a little further? In faith, just like driving a car, there are times when we need to stop and fill up for the remainder of the journey. The more we have the tank, the less concerned and stress we will be along the way. How much do you have in your tank? What are you doing to fill your tank?

This Sunday, we are continuing our Blessed series where we are looking at the beatitudes that Jesus shared in Matthew 5. In Matthew 5:6, Jesus taught, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” As you prepare for worship this weekend, I hope you will think about the ways you hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Have a great weekend and make your plans today to be with us on Sunday morning at 8:45 and 11:00!


P.S. It’s almost “Back to School” time, and you can help us bless some of the teachers, schools, and students in our community through our back to school supply drive (see information below). We will be collecting supplies this month to distribute to local schools (including our Joyful Noise Preschool). Help us be a blessing to those in our community through this wonderful mission and outreach to our schools.