Let’s say we are sitting at a table together and I have a cup of coffee in front of me. If I were to ask you what it was, you’d respond “coffee.” We know what it is because the contents have been defined.
Now I pick up the coffee and move it over 6 inches. I ask you again, “What is it?”
Then I pick up the coffee and drink it all, but refill the empty cup with water. Now what is it?
The definition never changed by simply moving it’s location. It only changed when the contents were changed.
So you are ready for a change in your life. A change in your relationships, your work or your heart. You try to move around your life putting distance in some places or getting closer in other spots. Then you sit back and wonder why nothing is different. After all, you moved around and that should change things, right?
You, and the definition of who you are, isn’t changed until you are willing to drain those old defining things and put in something different.
You: fearful, insecure, hurt, anxious, doubting, untrusting, etc.
There comes a time when these old definitions aren’t what you want anymore. Maybe you’ve allowed them to stay in your cup because its familiar or scary to do something new. Maybe you just thought “if I can just do ‘xyz’ I can change me.”
Drain your cup. It’s time. Not a single bit of good is going to come by just moving it around. It’s time to empty yourself to be changed and refilled.
Filled: hopeful, peaceful, assured, accepted, trusting, etc.
Yes, it’s a little scary and nerve wracking, I’ve been there. I’ve looked at my almost empty cup and thought, “What if it stays empty? What will be the new definition and am I ready to accept that? Who am I, really?”
But we are friends here at this table and I know how you feel about your cup. I know your fear and it’s not justified. You can trust me here. There are better things for you and a new definition just waiting for you to fill yourself with.
Drain your cup. It’s time.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
Categories: june 2013 diary entry