Running On Empty

When I’m having to push the paste from the very bottom you can be assured that I apply it very sparingly.

Hosea 1:1-11

Reference: Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. (Hosea 1:4 NIV)

Explore: Have you ever noticed how stingy you get when something is about to run out?

When the toothpaste is about to run out I start putting the most minuscule amount of paste on my toothbrush. That way the tube will last for longer. When the tube is full I’m incredibly generous, but when I’m having to push the paste from the very bottom you can be assured that I apply it very sparingly.

The same is true when the car is running out of petrol. Suddenly that trip to the shops doesn’t seem so necessary. In fact, I will turn the air-conditioner off and drive at 40kms everywhere, just to stop my petrol gauge from dipping any lower.

This is true of my love as well. When I’m feeling tired, stressed or uncared for it’s like I only have a little amount of love left in me. This leads me to becoming stingy and I’ll be selective as to whom I give my love to.

However, when I’m feeling loved and appreciated then that flows out of my life towards everyone and anyone I meet.

I know I respond in a much better way when I’m feeling in a brighter mood, but that is my choice. I can’t blame others for how I respond. So, just like with the toothpaste and the petrol, it’s my responsibility to not be stingy with my love, no matter what my situation may be.

Application: There are helpful life examples everywhere you look. Just like my toothpaste and my petrol tank help to remind me to always be generous with my love, there are things to learn from around you too.

Hosea was a prophet who lived before Jesus was even on this earth. God used his whole life to be an example, not just to teach himself but to teach a whole nation.

Although some of his experiences would have been pretty tough, God chose Him. May we be open to being an example for God too.

Prayer: Lord, use us. May we be Your example to our world today. Amen.

What is God teaching you through your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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