Running on empty: What fuels you?

You’ve seen it in others’ eyes.  “E.” You’ve felt it in your own heart.  That moment when you have no gas left. No gray cells working.  No passion in the tank. Emptiness. People seem to be running on fumes.

I’ve been asking people a key question lately: “What fuels your life?”   This includes what things recharge a person, fill a person up, give an individual new energy or passion. What do you fill up your life-body-soul-mind with?   I’ve jotted the answers down, and put them alphabetically. From all people of all ages and stages, I think this list will make you smile. Which of these make your list or touch you? Hmmm. Perhaps its time to pull off at the next filling station…

What fuels you?

  • amazing grace
  • art
  • ball park hotdogs
  • the beach
  • being appreciated
  • being generous
  • being a good example
  • being part of a team
  • being significant
  • being understood
  • Bible study
  • big band music
  • board games
  • the bread and the wine
  • brushed teeth
  • candlelight
  • cathedral bells
  • celebrating
  • children
  • a child’s laughter
  • chillin’ outdoors
  • Christmas
  • classic cars
  • a clean car
  • a clean house
  • clean sheets
  • clouds in motion
  • coming home
  • community
  • confessing
  • conversation
  • cooking
  • cozy blankets
  • creating
  • a crisp apple
  • a cup of tea
  • a dance
  • a date night
  • declaring God’s goodness
  • a deep laugh
  • discovering a passion
  • discovering the answer
  • doing the hard thing
  • doing the right thing
  • doing the will of God
  • the empty Cross
  • the empty belly
  • exercise
  • expectation
  • an extra free hour
  • faith
  • family
  • family car trips
  • feeling cherished
  • fellowship
  • finding that which is lost
  • fireplaces
  • fishing
  • flowers in bloom
  • “For me?”
  • forgiveness
  • Fourth of July
  • four-wheeling
  • fresh bread
  • fresh lemonade
  • fresh paint
  • a full belly
  • a full night’s sleep
  • a full tank of gas
  • gardening
  • good coffee
  • a good friend
  • a good meal
  • a good movie
  • a good TV show
  • a good workout
  • “Half-off!”
  • hanging with friends
  • helping others
  • heroes
  • hiking
  • home-grown tomatoes
  • home-made ice cream
  • an honest complement
  • an honest day’s work
  • a hot bath
  • hot french fries
  • hot showers
  • hugs
  • hummingbirds
  • “I love it!”
  • my iPod
  • Jesus
  • kids on a slide
  • kilts
  • a life experience
  • live music
  • listening to God
  • listening to someone
  • looking into someone’s eyes
  • love offered freely
  • loving on people
  • lyrics with meaning
  • making a difference
  • making a new friend
  • making a sacrifice
  • making dinner together
  • making others feel good
  • making something with your hands
  • a massage
  • a meaningful relationship
  • a mission trip
  • moonlight
  • Mozart
  • music
  • my small group
  • a nap
  • a new bar of soap
  • a new battery
  • a new box of crayons
  • obedience
  • the oboe
  • oiled wood
  • old photo albums
  • overcoming
  • “Paid in full.”
  • painting
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • performing well
  • pets
  • a picnic
  • “Play ball!”
  • porch swings
  • prayer
  • a promise kept
  • puppies
  • quality time
  • quiet
  • rain
  • reading
  • riding my bike
  • safe darkness
  • sailing
  • salvation
  • a scenic drive
  • Scripture
  • self-control
  • a sense of purpose
  • shade
  • sharing
  • shopping
  • showing patience
  • siestas
  • silence
  • simplicity
  • singing
  • sizzling on the grill
  • skydiving
  • the smell of cinnamon and apple pie
  • the smell of wood smoke
  • the smell of the woods
  • a smile
  • a snow day
  • a snowflake
  • soaking in a hot tub
  • soaring architecture
  • soaring birds
  • soaring mountains
  • soft leather
  • solitude
  • the sound of the ocean
  • spiritual biographies
  • sports
  • stained glass
  • sunsets
  • surprises
  • surrendering to God
  • sweet dreams
  • sweet tea
  • sweet kisses
  • swimming
  • a task completed well
  • teaching Sunday school
  • telling the truth
  • tenderness
  • thankfulness
  • time alone
  • time to think
  • time to travel
  • umbrellas
  • untracked powder
  • unwavering faith
  • visiting others
  • walking in the park
  • a warm breeze
  • a warm chocolate-chip cookie
  • waterskiing
  • weddings and funerals
  • a wise word
  • worshipping together
  • writing
  • the zoo
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