This is probably just a man thing, but it bothers me that my wife drives on the bottom 1/8th of the fuel tank.  Almost without exception, every time I use her vehicle the fuel warning light is either on or comes on shortly after I start up.  My dad always told me, and again this must be a man thing, it is just as easy to keep the top half full as the bottom half.


This is probably just a man thing, but it bothers me that my wife drives on the bottom 1/8th of the fuel tank.  Almost without exception, every time I use her vehicle the fuel warning light is either on or comes on shortly after I start up.  My dad always told me, and again this must be a man thing, it is just as easy to keep the top half full as the bottom half. 
    As is typical the other day, we started home from a ballgame.  Diane was driving and made a wrong turn, which was going to take us a few miles out of our way.  No problem.  Until I faintly heard her say, "I hope we have enough gas."  I was resting comfortably until I heard that.  Not only was the fuel low, but the low warning light was flashing.  She said don’t worry, we have enough to get to the next town.  It must be her accounting degree that makes her calculate leftover fuel right down to the last drop. 
    Running on empty is an uneasy feeling.  If we did run out, a little exercise wouldn’t hurt, but what if we ran our lives that way?  What if we carried just enough faith to make it to the next crisis?  Worse yet, what if we ran out before we get to the other side?  Where is the next station to fill our spiritual tanks?
    In Romans 15:13 Paul encourages us with these words, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  One thing I really hate is when the fuel nozzle does not shut off automatically and overflows on my clothes, the car and my shoes.  But in God’s grace, overflowing is no problem.  God fills our spiritual tanks with joy, peace and hope.  His fuel will take us through even the roughest of back roads and worst detours that may come our way.
     When God overflows in us, we overflow to others.  Jesus said that the way we gave to others would determine how full our tanks would be.  "Give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."  When God fills our spiritual tanks we are not to hoard the fuel but share it with others.
    When your spiritual tank is full and running over that’s when you have the strength to be there for others.  Opportunity to serve others comes unannounced.  If we are running on empty we won’t have the strength or the courage to help.  
    As for Diane, if you see her walking…..