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Running on Empty – Refueling Your Tank

E. That’s where the red line of my emotional and spiritual tank has been headed for the past week or so. This morning I ran all the way out of gas and came to a grinding halt. God is still with me but I’m not hearing His voice or feelin’ the love. Been there?

The worst part of running out of power is that I can’t even turn on my GPS for a little direction. Not only do I feel discouraged and alone, I’m not even sure I’m heading in the right direction.

Whether you’re a leader in business, serving in a ministry, a writer or a fulltime parent, surely you’ve experienced this depleted, lost, uncertainty that settles on us as we navigate the unmarked roads of life.

The tank-drainers include nagging questions like, “Am I where I’m supposed to be?” “Am I making a difference?” “Should I quit because I’m not getting anywhere?” “Should I change course, slow down or speed up?” Another fuel sucker is the lack of confirmation and affirmation. We do our very best and hear crickets in response. We shout, “Was that OK, God?” and hear only echoes of our question.

As a Bold Living “expert” (eye roll), I know I can’t allow myself to be stalled by doubt, discouragement or distraction. It’s on me to refill my hollow tank. So I devised a plan I’ll share.

  1. Read God’s promises in His word– He won’t leave me. He wants me to have wisdom and clarity. He will equip me or redirect me. (I’m up to about a quarter of a tank.)
  2. Share my burden loudly with the Lord, then be still and listen to what He may want to tell me. (About a third full.)
  3. Read old emails, FB comments, tweets and cards I’ve saved from people who say I’ve made a difference and pointed them to THE answer, hope and inspiration they needed. (Yep, that took me above half-way.)
  4. Recall times when I’ve been running on fumes in the past and God has poured premium fuel into my dry soul. (Nearly ¾ from the top.)
  5. Reach out to a friend or trusted leader/coach for an encouraging push-start. (Eeking toward full.)
  6. Get back in gear and hit the pavement toward the purpose I’ve been heading all along. (I’m a little to the right of F now, and turbo boost (passion) is kicking in!)

During these challenging times where progress is slowed we often long for one big blast of fuel, but it usually comes in the form of $5 gift cards…just enough to keep us moving. That’s all we need; but sometimes we have to work, hunt and reach for it.

What do you do to fuel up when your tank runs low?

Authored By Diane Markins

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