May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NIV

 

When I was little, I used to ask my mom for Kool-Aid (she made it with two cups of real sugar, and it had red dye #5 and all kinds of other good stuff in it 🙂 ). When I brought her my glass, I would hold it up and want her to fill it all the way to the top. Oh, how I loved that cup of sweet nectar from the factory. But she would never fill it all the way. I would stand there, holding the cup and she would stop pouring way before the juice line reached the top. What was wrong with her? Couldn’t she see I wanted all I could carry?

What my mom knew was that I would rarely, if ever, drink what she gave me. She would find the glass sitting on the table, still full of half of what she poured for me, an hour later and had to pour it out (I don’t know why. I’m sure there were enough preservatives in that wonderful drink to keep for decades 😉 ). She knew me better than I did and knew I would waste the goodness she was giving me. At the time I would complain, “Hey I was going to drink that later,” but honestly I had forgotten it was there, and moved on to some other fun occupation.

I am ashamed to think about how many times I have wasted what God has put in my cup. I have gone to Him and prayed for blessings and stood there wanting more when He knew full well that I would not use all that He poured into me. Much of His blessing was left sitting on the table, maybe convincing myself I would use it later, but honestly, just moving on to some other endeavor.

What I have learned about God is that He has an abundance of blessing to give. The famous Psalm says, “He anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows.” What God does not appreciate are wasted gifts. Some of the strongest language of rebuke used by Jesus was in the story of the guy who wasted his gifts by burying them and not using them (Matthew 25:26-30). Look it up, it’s not pretty!

When I come to God asking for His help, He is more than willing to pour it into me, but not if I will not use it for His work. If I use it on me alone, it is a wasted blessing. The Bible is clear about this over and over again. It reminds us,A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT. The key is helping others.

I pray for you as Paul did, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV. I pray that you can be a blessing of hope and joy and peace to those around you. Let your life overflow to others, and you will never run out of Kool-Aid.

In Him,

Charlie