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“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

– Psalm 23:5,6

Today, I’m going to share with you an illustration that will help you as you seek to conquer the power of worry in your life. Interestingly, the world at large has begun to accept and recognize the value in spending time thinking about Spiritual things  — they call it meditation. To meditate on something simply means to reflect on it and ponder it. Thus, when we discipline our minds and choose to think about what God says rather than what our feelings and fears say, we are meditating on truth, and a peaceful less worrisome existence is the result.

Imagine that your life is a treasure chest. When the box is opened up, you find a small bowl inside, which represents you as a whole — your walk with God, your education, your thinking, your spirit — everything that you and Jesus are together. The bowl of your life fits into another little bit bigger bowl, which is your family — your spouse, children, parents, close friends, and community. In essence, the second bowl is what you experience in relationship. Both of those bowls fit firmly into a treasure chest, which represents your world — your work, your church, and your ministry. The chest is symbolic of your legacy — your achievements, victories and all the stuff you do in life that matters.

Friend, each of us is a treasure chest in the Kingdom of God. Psalm 23 says that our cup is meant to overflow so that through spending time with the Lord, we are filled up. As our tanks run over with the Living Water of Jesus’ presence, it spills naturally in loving, life-giving ways to our families, friends and to all those we relate to. From there, the effect is multiplied so that everything in our broader world, or treasure chest, becomes blessed. The more God pours into us, the more His essence spills over into all that we do. As a result, we become smarter, wiser, sharper, more relaxed and less worried! Isn’t that incredible news?

Prayer


Jesus, as I spend time in your presence, I ask that you would fill my cup to overflowing with your Living Water.

Reflection


Do you meditate on God’s truth so that your cup is full? If not, how can you make it a habit?

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