Is Your Bucket Full or Empty?
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11
I am working through Bill Hybels new book, Simplify … Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul published by Tyndale. I am not necessarily a Bill Hybels fan, so if you don’t like him – please don’t write me letters 🙂
The question he raised which is a good one to think through is what is your life like when your bucket is full and what is your life like when your bucket is empty?
Some of us are by nature wired that we view life through the lens of a glass half full while others are wired to look at life through a half empty glass.
Hybels asks several questions about our “bucket” that are worth asking:
- What does your life feel like when your energy bucket is filled to the brim?
- What does it feel like when you’re filled up with God, when you are connected to Jesus Christ?
- What does it feel like when things in your family are running on all cylinders? When your schedule is sane? When you are eating right, exercising, sleeping?
- What sort of things fills your bucket? What refuels you? What activities or engagements restore your energy levels?
- What do you need to do to start pouring new streams of replenishment into a depleted life?
- What relationships inspire you?
- What do you read that elevates your perspective?
I would suggest that we need to take a good hard look at answering these questions. If you and I are not careful, our bucket will empty with all the wrong things vs. good things.
As I have been thinking about my bucket, the primary thing that should fill our buckets is God and God alone. In Psalm 107:8-9, David reminds us: “Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For HE satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
What is filling your bucket, brother? What are the characteristics of your life when your bucket is full? – Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This: Let the Bible fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Henrietta C Mears
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil … Hebrews 6:19