Are You Running On Empty?
I remember many times my dad would notice that my gas needle was on or close to the E! He would always bring it to my attention. I guess he didn’t want to get stranded somewhere with me! It wasn’t that I couldn’t afford the gas. It was just a matter of convenience. I knew or thought I knew just how far the needle could go down. When it was close to the E maybe it wasn’t quite empty! I’d pass a gas station…nah, I’m not quite on the E yet. My dad said to me more than once “You know Lewis, it’s just as easy to keep it halfway full to full, as it is empty to halfway full.” It was a good piece of advice. Why not fill your tank up, then when it reads half a tank fill it again? Maybe you are a lot like I was with your car. Maybe you wait until you’re almost empty.
Many of us are like that in our spiritual life! We don’t call on God until we desperately need him. We wait and pass on the opportunity to refuel until it is almost too late! We try to pour other things into our spiritual gas tank! Things that we think will keep us going, only to learn later that what we thought would fill the need doesn’t!
This next poem is called “Empty”. It was actually written about a person I knew. This person was one of the most active, fun, outgoing, and alive individuals around! Yet the words to this poem came when I wondered what this person would really tell me if they could? Were they living the happy life we all saw or were they running on empty?
Coming up next…the poem “Empty”
by Lewis Hamilton
from the book “The Gardener and My Garden” c1997
I’m someone who is on the go,
life should be full of fun
But deep inside I’m empty
like a convict on the run
I appear to be so happy
with people always around
Sometimes I feel so down and out
I’m dragging on the ground
There’s something here that’s missing
There has to be some more
I’m searching hard for answers,
Knocking on every door
Please help me if you can today,
my spirit’s feeling low
You may think I’m so happy
but I have misery you don’t know
For when the crowds are gone,
nobody there but me,
there’s something desperately missing
for I am so empty.
For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
I Peter 1:18