Driving home from dropping my daughter at camp, I thought that each morni
ng of the week I’d blog about a new topic and also be at, “CAMP.”
I had the best of intentions… or did I?
The dictionary defines INTENTION as:
1. firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed
having the attention sharply focused or 2. fixed on something
As each day began, I woke laying in bed thinking of how I would sit at my laptop and type away to post on my blog and satisfy my craving to create.
But each day ended as I lay in bed and wondered if I would ever become a writer since it didn’t seem to be my, “fixed, directed, focused,” reason to exist that day.
Can I even say those words, “I had the best of intentions,” when the crazy thoughts and ideas that run through my mind and make so much sense in my head, never make it down my arms and out my fingers onto the keyboard?
And the guilt and pain sets in. I have wasted days that cannot return.
I have lost the ideal moments and given up Today for Tomorrow.
But I remain steadfast in this, the Holy Spirit of God lives in me and I am sealed for eternity. So I have many tomorrows to get it right. It’s the “Today’s” that I need to work on.
It’s not that I haven’t been busy this week.
Day 2: Closed on House
Move all TVs and media furniture to new house
“Be” the 18 years old or greater, present while satellite installer at the home
Day 3: Up at 5:00 a.m.to complete packing
Movers arrive at 8:00 a.m.
Load and unload all the “little stuff” in my car to take trips
Day 4: Lining shelves
Meet Security Monitoring Rep
Meet Appliance Repairman
Day 5: Setting up my daughter’s bed, linens, shower curtain
Bake cookies for daughter’s camp counselor
Donate and arrange pick up of old furniture at rental
But all of those are simply tasks and can take the joy out of daily life. So before I end this week of CAMP, I will share one of the thoughts that whirled inside of me.
This new house that we have moved in to is on the edge of the city and outside the limits of it’s urban utility web of services.
And as I wrote about in Day 1 of camp, I was waiting on the Propane Man.
You see, I’m no longer powered by natural gas, but now have a big white Tylenol capsule sitting out behind my house. And I was waiting to meet the man who would be servicing my tank, who by the way turned out to be an extremely kind, friendly and engaging young man.
(And it seems the reason for my wait and his delay was an office error, and not in any way his fault.)
But as he detailed how this tank was serviced and the types of plans that can be set up so that you don’t run out of propane, I found it fascinating.
It seems to me that the propane tank is much like our soul.
And the gas inside of it, like the Holy Spirit.
You see, once you have made a decision to accept Jesus as your personal savior, knowing that He paid the price for the sins, you receive the gift of the Spirit.
But people often throw around this phrase, “filled with the Spirit.”
As one friend asked me, “If I already have the Holy Spirit when I became a Christian, then how can I later be ‘filled’ with it?”
But just like that propane tank, the amount of gas in it varies depending on usage and pressure.
The tank ALWAYS has some gas in it; some remnant floating inside. Just like when we become Christians, we have the Spirit inside of us; sealed and can never be taken.
But there is a great deal of pressure bearing down on us from the world each day. And there are a number of tasks and activities that we go about in our day that require energy and a positive attitude. Where do we get the fuel that we need to carry on if our tank is empty?
The propane man told me that he could either set up my service so that he only comes out when my tank is low and I make the call.
Or he can come out on a regular schedule and top off the tank and keep it filled. This option is, of course more costly.
But, with the second option, I will never have to worry about having the gas needed to fire up the stove, take a hot shower or start a fire in the fireplace.
Much like the propane tank, our soul can be serviced.
The Holy Spirit will always reside there, if we know Christ as our savior.
If we are on the first plan, we are going to be just waiting for the fuel to run out and have to keep an eye on the gauge all the time and hope to not need to make the emergency call.
However, if we choose the second plan, which is more costly of our time, we will regularly service our tank and be, “filled with the Spirit.”
That means to find a time each day, preferable first thing in the morning, to first thank God for who He is in our life. To pray and dedicate the day and it’s tasks to Him; to ask Him for the power to get through the day and for opportunities to serve Him.
It means to spend time each day in His Holy Word, the Bible; even if it’s one or two verses that we can write on an index card and carry around to meditate on during the day.
If we are “filled with the Holy Spirit,” we will continuously have fuel for each of life’s tasks, trials and even pains. The world will place pressure on us and we need to be pressurized and filled, not with ourselves, but with Him.
He will help us find the joy in life, and He will even let it overflow to others.
It is our choice.
Do we have just a remnant of the Spirit, or are we FILLED with the SPIRIT?
Ephesians 5:18 – 20 (NLT)
Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.