Thursday night was my church’s annual women’s conference. It was called Fill My Cup. I was completely humbled by being asked to share my testimony at this event. We have not been members of our church very long. So, I was totally surprised that anyone would want to hear how God had changed my life.
As I was praying and preparing to share my redemption story, the word “faithful” consumed my thoughts. He’s been so incredibly faithful throughout my dark times as well as the good times.
At the end of the conference, our pastor’s wife asked us what fills our cup, and she gave the analogy of a person carrying a cup filled to rim everywhere they went in a day, and how it would be inevitable for the contents of the cup to spill over. I’ve thought a lot about that question over the past three days. I’ve thought about all the things that we fill our cup with. Maybe it’s complaints and negativity, maybe it’s selfishness and self-centered thoughts and acts, maybe it’s gossip and slander, maybe it’s all the activities we have our kids involved in, maybe it’s our to-do list, maybe it’s our work, etc…. If our cup is full of these things, they spill out into our homes, workplaces, churches, and affect the lives of the ones we associate ourselves with.
In comparison, I began to think again about how faithful God has been to me, and when our focus is on Him and His goodness, you can’t help but fill your cup with things like: peace, love, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, and goodness. If our cup is full of those things, what a vast difference we could make by spilling out those attributes and thoughts in our homes, workplaces, schools, churches, etc….
I’ve written and deleted this post twice now, because I’m as guilty as anyone of filling my cup with futile things. I was challenged Thursday night to make it a priority to fill my cup with more of Jesus and the things that build up rather than tear down. So, I ask you, my readers, what fills your cup?