There’s nothing like a tender nuzzle of assurance when your confidence begs to be replenished. That truth applies to all kinds of creatures—people creatures as well.
“O Brother Where Art Thou” had George Clooney in a tight spot more than once. Funny movie! Not so funny, however, when we find ourselves in a tight spot—or at our wit’s end. Both instances find us depleted and needy.
We thrive when we’re replenished. Here are 4 thoughts on the road to being replenished.
1. Be Filled
Our capacity to be filled implies some type of emptiness, and yes, we do have voids in our lives. The human condition seeks to be filled, and each personality selects its own favorite ways to replenish its depleted resources. To resupply what has been used up, aim at virtuosity tailor-made for you.
Maybe you’re motivated and filled to the brim by a flair for thinking outside the box or making new connections. Perhaps you are stimulated by having autonomy and freedom to create, imagine, and explore. Possibly you’re energized by silence and solitude where you can retreat into a complex inner world, or the opposite: by engaging with the physical world through dancing, music, swimming.
Could you be filled by strategizing, finding long-term goals and figuring out how to meet them? Or are you energized by deciding, goal-setting, being productive and getting closure for your labors?
What if the more goals and ideas you have the happier you are, or you’re stimulated by an idea, project, or mission that aligns with your personal values and beliefs?
What if you enjoyed being immersed in something that you are convinced will make a positive difference for the cause of your choice? Maybe you enjoy putting yourself at risk to get the rush of excitement that comes from it and you dare yourself to overcome a challenging situation.
We are unique creatures, God’s handiwork, created to be filled, fulfilled, and replenished.
2. Be Nourished
Just as spring floods replenish the soil by distributing and depositing river sediments over large areas of land, we too are restored to a former level or condition by a good word. A positive declaration intended to give confidence is much like the river sediments that replenish nutrients in topsoil and make agricultural lands more fertile.
Encouragement is one of the most powerful ways of giving and receiving hope and support. A helping hand, a good word to the heart nourishes and replenishes lost courage.
Like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz, we’ve all needed to be picked up after a fall, shown the right way when we’ve fallen short of the mark, and prone to hope to be equipped as the person he wanted to be “If he only had a heart.”
3. Keep Aspiring
Confidence or certainty in one’s own abilities is a great ladder to climb. But that assumption does not adequately address the reality of those times when human resources are inadequate to replenish the deepest longing of our soul.
Aspire to live on unseen resources by faith, to tap the unlimited supply of God’s love, to emerge from moral conflicts “more than a conqueror” through HIs power, and to rise above all earthly standards to the completeness of His perfection.
4. Keep Thriving
Water is essential for living, and we require sleep to replenish our energy, food to replenish our bodies.
Spiritually speaking, we exist to be filled with meaning and purpose. We thrive spiritually living to glorify God. It is the chief aim of those who trust Him.
Psalm 1: 2-3 NIV “—but (the one) whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and (the one) who meditates on His law day and night—That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever he does prospers.”
Jesus Christ is the one who replenishes us from the inside out with unfailing resources to give us abundant life. Consider His words from the Bible:
John 10:10 ESV “… I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.”
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