My Cup is FULL!!! Stop Pouring!!!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: v-25; Acts 21:18-40

The Lord is my shepherd.
    I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
    he leads me to restful waters;
        he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths
    for the sake of his good name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
    they protect me.

You set a table for me
    right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
    my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love
    will pursue me all the days of my life,
    and I will live in the Lord’s house
    as long as I live.

Psalm 23:1-6, Common English Bible

“My cup is full!!! Stop Pouring!!!” Have you ever heard someone say those words? I have, well maybe not the exact words but something similar. I can remember telling my kids to stop before they overfilled the glass. I also can remember the mess when they didn’t heed my warning. That is what happens when our “…cup is so full it spills over.” We end up with a big mess. Who wants to end up with a mess on your hands? It is a pretty safe answer to say, none of us. Well, none of us, if we are talking about a literal cup overflowing and making a literal mess.

Have you ever heard someone say, in words dripping with sarcasm, “My cup runneth over.” I know I have. Wait, what am I saying there. I have actually used that line, with those sarcasm dripping words. This bad thing happen. The other thing wasn’t too good either. Oh and I just remembered I lost my wallet back in 1962. That wasn’t too cool. “My cup runneth over!” Once again, it is a mess.

But, if there were $100 bills overflowing a cup full of $100 bills, we might say, “My cup runneth over” and we really aren’t too upset about it. “Keep the cash coming” would likely be our response.

When we are talking about my cup running over from a spiritual perspective, that mess shouldn’t bother us either. In fact, as happy as we might be from the mess of overflowing $100 bills when we recognize the way our cup overflows with blessings from God, we should be even more excited. I do realize that such is not the case for many around us. Their thinking tends to go, “If I can’t touch it, it doesn’t matter.”

We need to remember, if I can touch it, one day it will not matter. When I am dead, in a box in the ground, anything physical isn’t going to matter, including the earthen vessel I said was me back when I was walking the earth. It is the things I can’t touch, quite possibly things I can’t see, or hear. These are the things that can only come from God. And, if God wants to keep sending me blessings? Well, that is alright by me. So, Lord, my cup may be full, but when it comes to things from you, make all the mess you want to make. I know I will be blessed by what you leave behind.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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