Fill My Cup, Lord
It’s tough being a teacher. We love what we do, and we love our students, but let’s face it. It’s tough, and we get worn out. We give of ourselves to our students all day long, and then we give of ourselves to the ones at home that we love in the evenings and on the weekends. We keep doing it though, and we keep pressing on, because we know we’re making a difference. Sometimes we just need someone to come along and fill our cups, though, so we can keep going. Can you identify? The good news is there is One who fills our cups. We can pray, “Fill my cup, Lord,” and He will fill our cups continually if we let Him.
After several conversations this weekend with “tired teachers,” I kept hearing a song in my spirit. The lyrics to the chorus go like this:
So I will go to Jacob’s well, and fill my cup with living water. Drawn from the source that has no end, and I will thirst again to more. Sponberg, Nicole. “Jacob’s Well.” Resurrection.
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You know the passage. Jesus is speaking with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well and tells her that He can give her a drink from the well from which she will never thirst again.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13, 14, English Standard Version
Something in this passage and in this song stirs my heart for you, my friend. Through my “teacher conversations” this weekend, the cry of each heart was the same, “I’m tired.” Teaching is a tough game. It’s full of mountains and valleys. It’s full of moments of celebration in learning, and at the same time it’s filled with long days. Sometimes you get to the end of a day or a week and think, “I have nothing left to give.” In those moments, let Him fill your cup. Let Him refresh you with a fresh wind of His Spirit that reignites your energy to keep going.
Moments of Refreshing
One thing I’ve been realizing this weekend is how much I use the world at times to “fill my cup.” After a long day, sometimes I just want to “check out,” read a book, watch a movie, look through my Facebook feed, etc. Those things in and of themselves aren’t bad. They’re refreshing, but it in a sense, they’re like the natural version of Jacob’s well that Jesus refers to. We can get momentary refreshing from them, but they never truly satisfy. Our souls long for the true refreshing that comes from the Spirit of God… the refreshing that comes from sitting in His Presence, from spending time worshiping Him, from spending time in His Word, etc.
“If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will forever be satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!” – John 4:13 – 14 The Passion Translation (Click here to receive a free copy of the book of John from The Passion Translation.)
I know you’re busy. So am I. In truth I’m speaking to myself, too, when I say these things. Even in the midst of your busyness, I pray that you find time to sit at the feet of Jesus, to let Him fill your cup so that you don’t run dry. When He is your source you will always have more to give. Let Him be the fountain that you both drink from and pour out from as you teach your students.