The great thing about cars is that we know when we are getting low in fuel. We can just look at the gas tank to see how close to empty we are. Then we know that it’s time to stop at the gas station and fill up.
Wouldn’t this be great if we could do the same thing for us? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just check a switch to see when our tanks are emptying, so we know when we need to fill up?
The problem is that we don’t. Even if we could, I wonder how many of us would pay attention to it. Dr. Stephen Covey asks the question in his signature program The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People “Have you ever been too busy running that you forgot to fill up your gas?“
Let’s play with this analogy further. Our bodies need energy or fuel to run. So you can think of our bodies like tanks. Each day we have to fuel up until the end of the day when we run on empty and go sleep. The first thing we do in the morning is fuel up. How are you fueling up? It is with a good dose of fuel like exercise, a brainy breakfast, and time with God? Or are you fueling up with quick energy boosters like caffeine, coffee, or negative thoughts from others on TV or the radio?
Most of the spiritual teachers I know or have studied talk about the importance of fueling up with positive things that uplift and inspire. When I spend my morning time in my “God Cave,” I ask God to fill me and fuel me with his love. I do my best to be on empty so I have the space within for Him to fill me up. The times I choose not to get God’s fuel for the day are the days I feel off and long for this inner refueling.
What kind of fuel are you filling up with each day?
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Janae Bower is an inspirational speaker, award-winning author and training consultant. She founded Finding IT, a company that specializes in personal and professional development getting to the heart of what matters most. She started Project GratOtude, a movement to increase gratitude in people’s lives.