hole in my bucket

Let’s be honest. None of us feel permanently “filled up”; in fact, many of us never feel “filled up”. What’s up with that? Do our buckets leak? They do. The pressures of work, the responsibilities of marriage, the challenges of parenting… the busyness of life drains us of the life-giving fullness that comes from the Lord.

So, if we know what empties our bucket, what fills us up? We’re going to be looking at different ways God pours back into us… the first of which is through positive instruction. This doesn’t simply mean listening to more sermons, because it’s not the actual instruction that fills us up… it’s the application of that instruction. It’s not learning more; it’s loving more. It’s not attending more; it’s obeying more.

It’s not instruction alone that fills us up… it’s the application of that instruction. Click To Tweet

The positive instruction shouldn’t end with us. We need to be pouring it into others and watching them get filled up. Share it with family, friends, co-workers, social media. There’s no shortage of people who would welcome such input.

Now, you probably think this sounds like even more ways in which to empty our bucket. And you’d be right… if it weren’t for the beautiful paradox of the Christian life where the more we pour ourselves out for other people, the more God fills us up!

I challenge us all to quit making excuses, apply the truths of the positive instruction we’re receiving, and live in the joyous reality of being filled up as we pour ourselves out. After all…

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Let's not learn more; let’s love more. Let’s not attend more; let’s obey more. Click To Tweet

Here are some practical ways you can get started:

•  Get in a small group… Start forming those friendships that develop into trusted relationships.

•  Subscribe to Love Works with Chris and Karin Conlee and listen to our 7 podcasts on “Mentoring”.

•  Subscribe to this blog and you’ll receive my recaps from this series and my notes about mentoring.

•  Buy a couple copies of the Priority Time book and start going through it with a friend. Don’t make it complicated… just start doing it!


[If you missed the message on Sunday, you can watch it here… or listen to the podcast here.

2 thoughts on “There’s a Hole in my Bucket”

  1. So true! The obeying for me is most difficult but is always the place where I see the most blessing and breakthrough. What do you always say “delayed obedience is disobedience? I need to keep the visual of the buckets in front of my eyes: fill my bucket by drawing near to Gods word, then pour into someone else, then be filled up again and again. Thank you Chris, Andy & Lance for ALL that you “pour” into us so we might fill up others!

    ” it’s not the actual instruction that fills us up… it’s the application of that instruction. It’s not learning more; it’s loving more. It’s not attending more; it’s obeying more.”

    1. I think “obeying” is the most difficult part for all of us! But check out the next installment that should post this afternoon. It may help put a different spin on things for you…

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