Good morning everyone!
Many of us have gone through the unpleasant experience of running out of gas. Running out of gas brings our lives to a screeching halt. Like it or not, it immobilizes us until we are able to refuel. So today, I want to share with you three reason why I feel we run out of gas spiritually, mentally, and physically.
We run out of gas by not paying attention to the warning indicators. In every modern vehicle, there are dashboard indicators that light up when something needs attention. For instance, there is an oil indicator that lets you know when your oil is low or needs to be replaced. There is also a seatbelt indicator that lights up when someone needs to buckle up. Sadly enough, we far too often neglect the warning indicators, because of the busyness of life. We simply keep going, because we don’t want to be late or we are already behind schedule. Think about how many times you have allowed your fuel level to get dangerously low, because you were too busy to stop. The same thing happens to us spiritually, mentally, and physically. We allow our busy schedules and our to-do-list to prevent us from much needed rest and renewal. Our heavenly Father understands the importance of refueling; this is why He says in Jeremiah 31:25, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” We have to pay attention to the warning indicators in our lives.
We run out of gas by trying to push beyond the manufacturer’s limits. I have found out, over the years, one of the number one reasons we run out of gas so rapidly is because we drive too fast. One statistic, that I read, suggests that for every 5 mph that we drive over 60 mph, we will roughly cost ourselves an extra 24 cents a gallon. Here is my point, the pace of some of our lives is entirely too fast, and if we don’t slow down we will never make it to the next fueling station. One of my favorite scriptures on this subject is found in Psalms 127:2, “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for he grants sleep to those he loves.” In other words, you don’t need to burn the candle at both ends. Learn to pace yourself, because life is a marathon not a sprint.
We run out of gas because we refuse to stop and refuel. You cannot refuel on the move. We have to stop, turn off the ignition, and then begin to refuel. In the same like manner you cannot renew and replenish your spirit, mind, and body until you’re willing to halt all activity. It doesn’t have to be long but it does have to be intentional. The Bible says in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know I am God…” We have to cease the busyness of life long enough to replenish our spirit, renew our minds, and rest our bodies.
No, it is never fun to run out of gas. It immobilizes us until we are able to refuel. But, we can prevent this from happening if we are willing to pay attention to the warning indicators, stay within the manufacturer’s specifications, and stop to refuel whenever necessary. I leave you with the words of Jesus found in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.