You know how your car has gauges and warning lights to help you maintain your engine, to keep it fueled up.
Imagine you have gauges to watch in your life........Do you check yours??
How are you doing?
Where are your gauges reading?
How do you fill up or recharge ?
Scene from the Princess Bride:
Farm boy. Polish my horse's saddle. I want to see my face shining in it by morning.
(quietly, watching her) As you wish.
He gazes at her as she walks away. "As you wish" was all he ever said to her.
(WESTLEY, outside, chopping wood. Buttercup drops two large buckets near him. )
Farm Boy. Fill these with water -- (a beat) --please.
As you wish.
She leaves; his eyes stay on her. She stops, turns -- he manages to look away as now her eyes stay on him. .....That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, "As you wish," what he meant was, "I love you."
Quote from The uprising : I can think of no better setting for a sighting of You than a full surrender of me.
Phillipians 2: 12-13 What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up..Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.
14-16 Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night
A conversation w/an intern I am mentoring comes to mind. Her realization that she can never just DO WHAT SOMEONE SAYS without questioning...my listening to her w/o interruption and silently siding with her, as she told how a fellow intern had told her to do this or that and my thought of 'how dare this person boss her around' ....was in my head and yet somehow this new learning to listen came in handy and listening to her, to her, come to the conclusion that PRIDE in her makes it near impossible for her to be directed into doing something.....
Is it just me...or maybe you can see the connection.
No it's me, I am not at first....heck I wonder if I am ever responsively obedient...this young interns self-observation helped me to look deeper, to follow her...( hey who's mentoring who here?) ..
never does an 'as you wish' cross my lips...
full surrender, who me?? ..
How to get there??... and yet Phillipians says it is God's energy deep within me desiring to...
talk about HOPE......
So my gauges are spiritually at 3/4 and filling up. But what drains my gauges is that physically I am unhappy and probably right at or below 1/2 and when I am physically unhappy that takes my emotional tank down.... but I 'think' my spiritual tank is directly linked to both and IF I can keep filling it up....stay thinking deeply about Him and His desires for His Glory.......perhaps I won't just stop dead...I won't get stuck again.......???