Recently I was returning from a work trip to Florida’s east coast. I began to think a lot about all that I have going on personally but also all that we are doing as Newby Management. It was only a month or so ago we completed our Strawberry Social season, the Easter holiday, and now we are already preparing for summer BBQ’s as well as summer trainings. I thought, how easy it would be to get overwhelmed by all this. The constant demand for attention to detail, the enormous number of people that must be considered. The schedules, who is going to lead what project, who is taking care of this or that. You get the picture.

I was reminded of something I have shared from the pulpit many times in years past. Psalm 23:5 states “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” In life the “tyranny of the urgent” will consume you and will deplete your cup. Michael Combs is quite the singer and character I am not really a big fan of but one of his songs always struck me. It is titled “I’m drinking from my saucer because my cup is overflowing.” What a profound statement when one takes the time to consider. We must keep our cup full and overflowing!

I believe there are three key components that fill our cups and keep the soul rejuvenated. The first is our faith. Simply put, we need to recognize who fills our cup. A life of faith filled with the key tenants such as prayer, worship, and the Bible, can produce myriads of cup filling encouragement. Fun is a second component to keeping your cup full. Cessation in the business is a must. That time must be filled with relaxation, activities that encourage, and lead to new experiences that allow us to appreciate and give purpose to our hard work. Lastly, nothing lifts the spirits like fellowship with friends or family. We need to spend time with those who bring meaning and fulfillment to our lives.

I hope this encourages you to not let your cup run dry, step out in faith, have some fun and fellowship with those you love along the way. God will bless you for it.

Pastor Barry

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