Wednesday, August 3, 2011

full people fill others

Pondering what a full life looks like is somewhat abstract to me.  I need examples, real-life with skin-on examples.

Without hesitation, the first people that come to mind are a couple I have actually known since I was born.  They didn't live by us for long, but I visited with them at different times in my life. They are the most sincere, giving, fun, hospitable people I know. I spent my best Thanksgiving with them - a house full of their family and friends and anyone they could think of to invite. They exude life to the fullest.  Love and joy and peace run deep in them and in their children.

Two other couples old enough to be my parents are other examples I have in my life. Every week for the last three years they have poured their knowledge, their humor, their experiences into lives of twenty or so young parents/married people. I look at them and I see transparency - a gift that flows over into those of us just craving someone further ahead that has not done things perfectly, but has done things well.

It seems a cycle - we must be filled in order to be full, and I think we also need to be filling others in order to stay filled. Does that make sense? Is it even accurate?  "To whom much is given much is required."  We aren't given blessings - material, spiritual, or otherwise - to hoard and save them for a rainy day.  I don't believe our blessings will run out - they may look different each day, but they will not run out.

"The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah." 1 Kings 17:16.

How can I be used to bless someone else today?


2 comments:

  1. I totally understand this!!! People can fill us up or tear us down. Glad u have such amazing people in ur lives! God bless.

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  2. this is so true. we need to recharge and serve both to have that life abundant.

    we have friends like that--unending grace and hospitality, the whole family. i want to live like that, too, trusting that i will be re-fueled.

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