“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Those are popular words from many self care books. Those are true words. “You must look within, see what needs healed, and love yourself before you can give out to others” are things worldly self care will teach you. You can spend a lifetime trying to fill your cup that way and it never reach overflow. The world will take and you will say “Wait! My cup isn’t full yet! I’m still thirsty! I need that for me right now! Stop taking from me!!” Me, me, me!! Do you see the problem here?
Ok, so, if we can’t pour from an empty cup then how do we fill it to overflow?
You pour God’s word into your heart. You learn His truth, love, light, and promises. You read about His love for you that is so great it makes you able to love others.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
The more you study the more you understand. The more you understand the more love you feel. The more love you feel the more your cup overflows.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Then you know your source is true. Your source becomes your treasure. What you give out comes from your overflow of God’s love.
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Your healing and self love come from the source that made you. Your value no longer comes from the world or how the world treats you. The temporary suffering in this world no longer restricts your gratitude or your ability to give.
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
You learn through scripture, praise, and worship that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are ever with you. Fighting your battles. Nothing you endure is ever in vain and God will always see you through.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”