Running on Empty

How far can you drive your vehicle on empty? My husband would cringe at that question. His response would be, “Why would you let it run that low?” A fair question. I have no answers, at least not any that would explain it.

Quite frankly, I just don’t think about it. This is not new for me—in my younger years I was known to run out of gas frequently. Familiar with the walk of shame, I would endure the gas station attendant’s smirk as I walked that gallon gas can back to my vehicle.

True confession: there were times when I calculated in my head how many miles I could still drive when the needle read empty. How hard was it to instead pull into a gas station? Again, no words to defend my actions. Today, I googled it. I found a chart on the Road & Track website that tells you how many miles you can drive on empty by make and model. Yikes! This is dangerous information for me to have.

Help, I’ve Run Out of Me                                 

What about you? Are you running on empty—spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally or perhaps relationally? What if there were an early warning system, much like the gas gauge, would you take action or simply push until you just couldn’t anymore?

Again, I would ask Paul’s question to me, “Why would you let it run that low?”

For today, I invite you to consider the following… “You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.” -Alexander Den Heijer

Perhaps you’ve simply run out of chispa, that spark of hope and light that fuels our days. My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, so many of us at times have run out of chispa—we lose track of what matters most. We get so busy “just doing” that we forget to refuel, to sit at your feet, and allow your Word to minister to us to be still and know that You are God.

Lord, for those reading, in search of passion for all things that honor and glorify You, I pray you give them a heavenly download—that they would sense your presence—that they would hear your whispers as you encourage them and lead them to their next best step. I pray they have the courage to walk in the impossible—only possible through You.

Have your way with our hearts, minds, and spirit Lord. Be Glorified! Amen

God’s will for us: I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. -John 10:10

Let’s stay connected. Admittedly running on empty—spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally or perhaps relationally, is a big topic. How can I best support you? You can help me write my next article by sharing any questions or comments you have. Please accept my invitation to email me at CoachMaggie@calledtoaction.com. If you don’t mind and to help others as well, I’ll share your questions/comments and my response. We are better together!

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

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Maggie Sabatier-Smith

Maggie Sabatier-Smith

Columnist at Chispa Magazine
A communicator by nature, a writer with heart, Coach Maggie has been published in Strategy Magazine and most recently was invited to contribute toward Tapestry Network’s, "If I could Only Share One Thing About…Becoming Unstoppable." A sought-after blogger, Coach Maggie’s smart wit is apparent in her writing and she keeps readers asking for more. With over 30 years serving in a variety of leadership roles in the global marketplace, Coach Maggie brings a wealth of experience and education to her coaching practice. As a speaker, coach, consultant and trainer she has communicated the message of purpose to individuals and across organizational boundaries. An international traveler, she blends easily into new environments and embraces the challenges of multicultural settings.
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A communicator by nature, a writer with heart, Coach Maggie has been published in Strategy Magazine and most recently was invited to contribute toward Tapestry Network’s, "If I could Only Share One Thing About…Becoming Unstoppable." A sought-after blogger, Coach Maggie’s smart wit is apparent in her writing and she keeps readers asking for more. With over 30 years serving in a variety of leadership roles in the global marketplace, Coach Maggie brings a wealth of experience and education to her coaching practice. As a speaker, coach, consultant and trainer she has communicated the message of purpose to individuals and across organizational boundaries. An international traveler, she blends easily into new environments and embraces the challenges of multicultural settings.