Recently I saw a commercial on TV that made me laugh and shout ‘no’ all at once.
The commercial depicted a man who was tired and in need of a pick me-up. Using a drained phone battery to demonstrate this man’s tired state, the message of the commercial was to consume an energy drink to fill him back up to full again.
Consuming this energy drink was his way to recharge so that he could continue living life.
While the message of using an energy drink to recharge is NOT one I would recommend, it gave a great visual of how life can suck the energy out of us.
How often do you live life with only 10% to give?
Whether it be an overcrowded schedule or work or children demands, life can drain us. Like our phones and computers that need a daily recharge, we too need a recharge.
Unfortunately, few of us take the time to refill our batteries – our souls – so that we can live life to the fullest, serving others from a place of abundance.
Rather than using an energy drink to fill you up, try using God-breathed strategies into your days to move you from empty and drained to full and energized.
Empty to Full Strategy 1: Serve Others.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
There is nothing as fulfilling as serving others.
During Jesus’ ministry, He diligently served others, day and night. This serving came in numerous ways, such as healing the sick and washing is disciples feet.
In today’s day and age, we often think of serving as taking a day off work and volunteering at organizations such as Feed My Starving Children or visiting the elderly during Christmas.
While this serving is wonderful and worthy of our time and attention, it is important to remember that serving others doesn’t have to be so formal.
Look around your work place, neighborhood, family, friends, or church. Who is in need of help?
A home cooked meal, a ride, phone call, note of encouragement, or help with children are easy ways to serve others in our day-to-day activities.
There are so many simple ways you can serve others and in the process fill your empty and drained soul.
Take time now, to journal around this question: “Who in your life needs help? What can you do for this person today?”
As you carry these serving strategies into your day, watch how God fills your own soul. Reflect on this in your journaling page by answering this question, “How did serving fill my soul?”
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, 45, NIV).
1. Click here to download this week’s journaling template. As you answer the questions, give yourself permission to just write, without the pressure to do it perfectly.
2. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how serving others filled your drained battery. I would ❤️ to hear from you!
3. If you find yourself needing additional help and support in moving from empty and barely surviving to living life full and thriving, hit reply to this email. I coach many women on this very topic and would love to connect with you. It starts with a simple phone call where we chat so that I can find out more about what is leaving you empty and what goals you have for your life. You also find out if coaching is a good fit for you. There’s no cost and no pressure – just love and encouragement from someone who once felt empty and drained.
Praying for you,