3. Are you growing less patient?
Patience is a sign of peace. And peace is a sign of rest. And rest is a product of intentionally sabbathing.
Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
If you find yourself with a short fuse, with patience constantly out of reach, you’re closer to *empty* than you think.
4. Are you resting well?
And I don’t just mean “are you sleeping enough,” though that may be part of it.
Are you working so hard you need the rest? And resting so well you need the work?
5. Are you feeling less fulfilled?
Fulfillment comes from doing what God created you to do. That’s based on your spiritual gifts, your heart, your abilities, your personality and experiences (HN: Class 301 at Saddleback). So your interpreting a lack of fulfillment isn’t your job’s fault. Or your marriage’s. Or your local church’s. Or your home’s. It’s a byproduct of a heart that’s searching for fulfillment in the wrong places. Here’s where life’s found:
And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.
—The Apostle John, 1 John 5:11-12
A lack of fulfillment should signal to you that your gauge should be on empty. Time to fill up.
Have you been running on empty and didn’t even know it?