Writing inspiration comes from all kinds of places and circumstances. I never know when something is going to spark an idea. That’s why I have an ever-growing list of “writing topics” that includes everything from blogs to books.
I suspect that the day I catch up with the list will be the day I go to spend eternity with the author of the greatest love story ever told.
Inspiration this week came at the gas pump. I actually pulled in to fill up when I still had half a tank remaining. As one who has on more than one occasion, pushed a gas-empty vehicle, I had to laugh at how my life and mind-set have changed.
I have spent much of my life in a hurry. Too many responsibilities … too many projects … too little time. I had to squeeze every possible mile out of a tank of gas because I didn’t have time to stop and fill up.
Prayer times were rushed because there was ministry to get to. I had to be constantly available because I was needed. I didn’t have time to sharpen my saw, for crying out loud, I was too busy cutting wood!
I couldn’t tell you exactly when the shift began to occur, but I can tell you that there came a time that I figured out that a dull saw doesn’t cut much wood, an empty gas tank won’t take you very far, and a busy person who is physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted is really not much good to anyone.
I wish I could say that I have it mastered. I do not. But, I am filling up more frequently. I’m making better use of my time. I am learning to say “no” to some good things, so that I can say “yes” to the best things.
And I am realizing that, sometimes, the best thing I can do for someone is to help them see that they are running on fumes and help them find some positive refueling strategies.
A few weeks ago, in a moment of inspiration, I tweeted, “We must stop wearing busyness as a badge of honor. Seriously. I mean it. It is killing us and it does not honor God. #breathingroom.”
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
Our lives matter so much to God that He did not create us to be fume runners. Slow down. Take a few deep breaths. Connect deeply to Jesus. Fill up and get on the road again.
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Dr. Gerry Lewis, author, blogger, church consultant and leadership coach, serves as executive director of the Harvest Baptist Association headquartered in Decatur.