The other day my friend sent me a picture of her gas gauge with bars showing she had no miles left until empty. We laughed and talked about knowing better. This morning the gentle dinging sound as I started my car reminded me that I needed gas. I should have stopped last night but it was rainy and I was tired. I looked at my gauge and the needle was teetering close to the little line that says, “you will be sorry if you don’t fill this car up NOW.” Yes, I have run out of gas before and it is not a pleasant experience. Once again, I was running on empty.
I tend to do the same thing in other areas of life. I stay up too late when I have to get up early. I don’t eat healthy, nutritious food. I don’t exercise enough…or I just don’t exercise. I don’t play and have fun. I isolate and don’t talk about things that concern me. I spend too much time being negative and worrying. I don’t take to journal or write. I forget about quiet time to meditate and pray. Eventually my light comes on and I see the signs very clearly. I am running on empty.
It is time to fill up my tank. The car is an easy fix. I just pull into the gas station and fill it up. Of course, with gas prices these days, it isn’t as easy as it used to be. Filling up my personal tank can be a challenge, too. I am working part time and going to college almost full time. Writing papers, studying, and preparing for class all take a lot of time. I have to pay bills and do time consuming things like laundry and cleaning. There are also all the day to day activities that get in the way.
I am exactly like my car. I have to fill my tank. I can wait until I am almost on empty and push to see how much farther I can go before I breakdown on the side of the road or I can do the smart thing and refill at any time along the way. I imagine I am still going to push it from time to time, but I am going to try to do better. I still have a roadside assistance plan for my car…. just in case.