When Your Plate is Full & Your Cup is Empty

I’m tired, y’all. Drained. Exhausted…and I don’t even have kids. (Special shoutout to all the Mommas out there, you go girl!) Life has been one thing after another lately-

A sick grandmother, issues finding a rent house, a sick grandfather, a little brother needing encouragement, a run-down car, friends in toxic relationships.
From hospital visits to complicated conversations with friends, I’ve been pouring myself out.
I’m bone dry and can’t help but ask myself:

Why do I feel so empty? Why can’t I handle this?

Because my cup is dry and my plate is piled sky high.

Too many of us live this way-pouring out without pausing to replenish.

“I can handle it. It’s fine. I’m fine. I’ll take care of it. No, I don’t need any help.”
Sound familiar?

cup 2
One cup I never let run dry: my coffee cup. Ya feel me?

If we strive to be faithful servants and caring comforters we MUST take care of ourselves first. And taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s essential. We have to empty our plates and fill our cups so we are available to God and others.

First, let’s empty that plate.

Our plate reflects our purpose. Everyone’s pile will look different and that is okay.
We need to pile up we were made for,  what we are responsible for, and who we are responsible for. Anything else is scraps, dump it…or feed it to your dog.

If you can’t control it, clear it.
If it isn’t your business, clear it.
If it is your responsibility, keep it.
If it brings you joy, keep it.

Jesus didn’t tell us to stack up stress and collect others’ concerns.
He told us “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
He said, “Hey, see all of that you have piled up? I want it. I got this.”
Praise Jesus, y’all!!

Now, we need to fill up our cup! The fun part.

Your cup is your comfort and confidence, your hope and strength, and you can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4

Filling up is all about spending time with Jesus and who doesn’t want to do that?!
Maybe the question should be, who feels like they don’t have time to do that?

Filling your cup and keeping it full takes initiative and consistency.

This time is non-negotiable you and God time.
Set a timer, put it in your planner, whatever it takes.
Spend time in God’s presence. Read His promises. Pray. Worship.

We need plates with purpose and cups with comfort in order to handle life while helping others. That is what it’s all about. When you get rid of the clutter and stay close to Christ you’ll be able to confidently trust that Jesus will carry your burdens, leaving you to comfort others.

Think about it:
What needs to be dumped off your plate?
How are you filling your cup?

Praying for you, friend.

One comment

  1. Life can be so overwhelming at times. God is the ultimate life saver when it comes to bailing us out when we are ready. The stresses of life; job, wife, mom, friends (or the lack there of)….they all pile up on our plates. Sometimes you could compare your plate to a paper plate. At some point and time it will become too heavy and fall apart. We need to empty it and let God help, lighten the load.

    I love reading your blogs! You’re an amazing person.


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