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Running on Empty
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I thought that I had checked my gas gauge. I guess I've been busy and didn't really notice it. I try not to let my tank get lower than a quarter of a tank, but it's been pretty hectic.

It wasn't until I was driving through the rain that I remembered to look. Yikes! It was right on E. Of course, I reasoned, that probably meant that I had a few more gallons left. I mean, wouldn't you think that someone set up the gauge so that you'd never really run out? As I drove through the downpour, I was relieved that I didn't have any of the kids in the car. Of course, this would be the day that my cell phone battery would die, too.

Luckily, a gas station was on my route and I refueled.

Yes, I was lucky. And, since then, I've resolved to make sure that I always have at least a quarter of a tank. But, the whole experience made me reflect on how I have been running myself on empty. I have such a wonderful life, but I'm so exhausted. I need to refuel myself. In my attempt to take care of everything, I haven't been maintaining healthy habits: family time, rest, exercise, prayer, and nutrition.

I need to regroup and plan better. Instead of starting from scratch, I'm going to study how Jesus balanced his life. Even he took time to go off and pray.
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matt 11:29).