You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

Whenever we men drive our cars on empty, certain feelings are always present. We become stressed. Our palms become sweaty. Tension rises like a thermometer on a hot, sultry August afternoon. We fret. Driving, which often is pleasurable, becomes laborious. We fail to notice beautiful surroundings. We focus only on the needle and on how many miles we’ve traveled since the needle ventured into the dangerous area of red.

Spiritually, we occasionally run on empty too. During those times, we have no energy to engage in ministry. We find no enjoyment in reading the Bible. We have little peace and contentment. Our empty spiritual tank is an invitation to disaster; like a car out of gas, we cough and sputter and pull over to the shoulder, out of service, unable to go any farther.

Spiritual emptiness is one of the most serious threats to Christian health. We can overcome spiritual emptiness by adhering to some basic soul and body fueling and maintenance practices:

Receive spiritual nourishment.
Engage our spiritual gifts in service.
Avoid overcommitment.
Replenish our physical and spiritual resources.
The Christian life is not like a drag race. It is more like a cross-country road race. And to survive for the long haul, we need to constantly and consistently engage in those activities that keep the body, mind, and soul fueled and running in top condition.

My tank is low, Lord …


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