Fill My Cup

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God desires for us to ask Him to fill us up with compassion for those around us, even for our enemies.

Read Luke 6:27-42

The internet is amazing.  You plug in here, type the words there, and instantly, your personal thoughts are floating off in cyberspace.  Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram… information zips through the airwaves faster than you can say, Incoming! And before you know it, your laptop or phone or iPad is overflowing with invisible correspondence.  And let’s be honest.  Not all of that correspondence is worth the virtual paper it’s written on (I’m still trying to figure out why I have to unsubscribe to something I never subscribed to in the first place). But every so often I open my email and find something different.  Some pearls of wisdom.  And that’s exactly what happened just last week. 

My mother-in-law loves staying connected with family via email and Facebook.  You post a picture… she’s gonna like it. You share a news story, she’ll probably chime in with her thoughts too.  And quite often she’ll send little love notes… words of encouragement, really.  Which brings me to last week.  At the bottom of one particular note there was attached a little inspirational poem.  And while the author’s name was nowhere to be found, the message it gives is unmistakable.    

Fill My Cup

I offer You my cup of stress,
that You may fill it with quietness.
I offer You my cup of criticism,
that you may fill it with encouragement.
I offer You my cup of resentment,
that You may fill it with forgiveness.
I offer You my cup of fear and worry,
that You may fill it with trust.
I offer You my cracked and crumbling cup,
 that You may remold me and make me strong.
I offer You my cup of pain,
the cup You know too well.
I offer You my cup of me,
that it may be filled to overflowing with You.

From the passage in Luke 6, it’s clear that the teachings of Jesus can only be put into action as we are filled to overflowing with God.  Just listen to His words…

Love your enemies.  Do good to those who hate you.  Pray for the happiness of those who curse you.  Pray for those who hurt you.  Luke 6:27, 28

That’s a pretty tall order; one that Jesus knew was humanly impossible.  Be kind to those who hurt you.  And not only that, pray for them, love them.  It’s been said that “Kindness is based on the love we have for others, not on the love that others deserve.”  And we know all too well that when it comes to loving the unlovable, the well of our human love runs dry.  Oh, we listen to Jesus' words as we blow the dust from the dried-up bucket of our heart.  And we sadly shake our heads in defeat. 

But Jesus wouldn’t tell us to do something that we can’t.  He doesn’t expect perfection from imperfection.  So what exactly is He saying?  Maybe when we reach the bottom of our natural love, that's when we realize our need for His supernatural love… our need to stay close to Him, be filled with Him.  And maybe realizing this need is what this passage is all about.

Fill my cup, Lord.  It's more than just a poem.  It's a prayer.  A prayer that God is longing to answer.  Fill me with love for those who hate me.  Teach me to pray for those who hurt me.  As my cup, my very life, is filled up with HIM, the impossible isn’t a problem. 

Because what comes out of me flows directly from the compassionate heart of God.

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