Maybe you were too busy or distracted to notice. Maybe you thought you could go further than this without needing to check. Whatever the reason, you look down and see that you are running on fumes. If you don't stop and do something about NOW, you are going to run out of gas.
What is true for our cars is true for our souls: Sometimes, we are running on fumes. It's not like we meant to neglect them, but sometimes, we find we have nothing in the tank. Maybe we should have one of these gauges for our souls, too.
Besides being a great album by Jackson Browne, "Running On Empty" was the title of my sermon on September 8 (you can get it here.) I explored the perils of not taking care of your own soul- and what you can do about it. How do you know when you are running on empty? More importantly, how do you fill up your own soul?
The classic disciplines are well known: Worship, Service, Study & Prayer. Which of these four are most helpful for you?
Besides these, I have found over the years there are MANY different things that nurture people's heart and soul. They include walking/running, gardening, art, music, travel, cooking, and reading. There are people that encourage and fill me when I am with them, too.
How about you? On Sunday I challenged everyone to do five things this week that nurture their souls. I'd love to share the responses I get over the next couple of weeks. If you want to leave them as a "comment", I'll publish them. If you prefer to remain anonymous to others, simply email me your answer (see the email link towards the bottom of the right column.) Either way, I think it will be encouraging- and it might even give people some ideas on ways to fill up their tank!