Jon Moton – Ahwatukee Campus Pastor
There are three drivers in my home and one of them loves to run on empty. It’s not my wife, it’s not my eighteen year old daughter (you guessed it), it’s me and it drives my wife and daughter crazy (pun intended). I think I do it now just to mess with them.
Now driving a car on empty is one thing – going through life on empty is another.
It seems someone a long time ago decided to create a gauge that would let you know how much fuel is in your gas tank. As the gauge developed someone even decided to add a light to the fuel gauge. The light is there to add an extra alert to the driver that their gas tank is almost empty.
What does the gauge look like on your self-esteem or self-worth? Almost empty? Quarter tank? Full? Is the light on? Believe it or not there are lights that light up when you are almost empty. Evaluate yourself on these statements:
- I am erratic, easily agitated, and worrisome
- I don’t smile much or laugh much
- I am overly obsessive
- I tend to be self-deprecating
- I am easily offended by friends or family
You may be on empty and the light on your dashboard is trying to tell you something. Let’s continue to evaluate:
- I am always wanting to be right
- I am too judgmental or argumentative
- I get too aggressive or intense
- I am overly critical or condescending
- I behave or deal with conflict in a childish manner
So now that you have had a good look at your gauge, how do I fill my tank? Well in my opinion in starts with recognizing you’re in fact running a little low. The second is to admit you can’t do it on your own and to go to the One who can do it for you.
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” —2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” —1 Peter 5:5-7
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”—Revelation 21:4
So it seems God has also created a gauge that would let us know how much fuel is in our tank. The good news is He restores, He heals, and He is our strength. My prayer for you is you go to Him who is our Comforter and our Rock.