Daily Devotional – 10/3/12 “Whose filling your tank?”

Somebody is worried this morning, not about their own issues but about the issues of those they’ve been helping. You’re up early praying for them but have you prayed for yourself? You’re tossing and turning over their worries but what about you? Baby, you’d better stop burning yourself out trying to be a helper to everybody who’s in need. Didn’t you read Matthew 5:16 that say, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven?” You did, yet you haven’t stopped to realize that if you’re constantly running around filling people’s tank with oil that keeps their light shining, who’s filling yours?

Yea, it’s alright for you to take a momentary time out to regroup without being selfish, so stop thinking you’re doing something wrong. You do know that you need to pray for yourself sometime in order to be able to pray for others, right? If you continue to give and no one is giving to you, then what are you left with? Yea, I know that God gives us back all that we give out but at some point we’ve got to stop, even if it’s only for a moment just to recharge. See, if you continue running to be there for everybody, without taking some regrouping time; you’ll eventually run out because your tank is empty. Then when you’re broke down, tired, sick and in need of help, who will you have? Yea, you’ll have a few friends that will be there but what about all the rest of the folks who you’ve bailed out, prayed for, stayed on the phone talking to when you should of been having dinner with your husband, went to pick up when you should of been helping the kids with homework, stepped in to help them finish something they’ve started when you should of been at work or those you fed when they were hungry when you were down to your last few dollars; where are they? Now, you’re frustrated and mad with God when He wasn’t the one that told you to keep going like the energizer bunny. God said to be a helpmate but don’t help yourself until you’re too stressed to be any more good. When Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha, the bible says in Luke 10:39, Mary sat at His feet and listened while He spoke while Martha worked to prepare the food and things. Well, when Martha realized that Mary wasn’t helping, she cried to God in Luke 10:41, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” But God replied in Luke 10:41-42, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

See, Mary had taken a break but not just any break but she took a moment to listen to the message that Jesus was spreading because while she listened she gained knowledge, which allowed her tank to be filled with something that can’t be taken away from her. She chose, for a moment, to listen to the gospel that was being given out in order for her to be refreshed. This is what you have to do every now and then, refresh yourself and refill your tank. You can’t constantly keep driving your car without putting gas in it and you can’t keep running without putting some gas in your tank. Fill your own tank every once in a while, that way you’ll have the light to be able to help others because if you don’t you’ll be walking in the dark. I don’t know about you but unless you’re in a familiar place, walking in the dark is no fun. It’s like walking through your child’s room at night and stepping on something that’ll make you say some unchristian like words. This was because you were not familiar with where you were walking and your light was out which means you couldn’t see. Take some time for you to recharge, to refill and to regroup. You’re entitled to it because after all, who’s filling your tank if you aren’t? I know that God will refill it but you have to take the time to ask Him.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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