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Refueling the Soul
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A little over a year ago, my wife and I decided to take a driving vacation from Virginia to Texas. Both of our parents lived there and we wanted to visit them for Christmas. We did this because we didn't have enough money to fly and rent a car when we got there. The trip was no easy task; the total driving time was about 22 hours. But the long driving time was made easier, by our longing to see our family.

At first we were full of energy anticipating seeing our family, but it soon faded away. The steady hum of the car engine and the road noise made life a little boring. Complaceny took the place of excitment. It took forever just to get out of Virginia and we soon realized just how a long journey we had ahead of us.

One thing about driving a long distance is that we would have to stop every three to four hundred miles to refuel the car. While putting gas in the car, we were able to stand up, stretch, and use the bathroom  At dinner time we would find a restaurant where we could get out and eat. We would have never made it to our final destination without doing all this.

When we arrived at my parents home, we were both exhausted from the trip but we were too excited at seeing our family to take a nap. All the stops to refuel the car and ourselves helped us to reach our final destination.

Faded Anticipation

When first learning about the Gospel and the promise of heaven, people can get pretty excited. But soon, that initial joy and anticipation fades away. Christians need to be constantly refueling themselves with Jesus’ promises. A continuing revival is needed to make it to the final destination with plenty of energy.

In his letter to Timothy, Paul tells us to, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). Don’t give up! Continue to feed your soul with the Word, so your actions will reflect God’s will for all humanity.

By David Wolstenholm. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the New International Version®.

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