BUCKETS!!!We all have buckets. They carry our emotions. We can either be bucket fillers or bucket takers. We can either fill up others' buckets with our encouraging words and love, or we can take from or spill out their buckets with our crude comments or hatred. The things that we say and put into other people's lives can either help fill them up...or leave them feeling empty. We must choose our words carefully. It's all about finding common ground with one another. Encouraging them in the area that they need encouraging in. It's about building relationships, not tearing them down. Our lives are made up of the relationships we make while we live them. The truth is...we need people. You know...those God breathing things we share the planet with. Yes...those people. We need eachother. Let's face it...we need people to help us do everything. We need them to sale us things, we need them to employ us, we need them to serve our burgers at McDonalds, we need them to build the cars we drive in, we need them to deliver our mail, we need them to teach our children....I could go on and on. People need people. It's about treating ALL people with the same gratitude and love that we all want in life. The wonderful part about it is that love grows...it spreads fast...expanding in all directions... like yeast in a loaf of freshly made bread!! If I fill your bucket, you want to fill my bucket!! It's a chain reaction. The sad thing is...it can work the other way around too. None of us want to walk around with an empty bucket. We want our buckets overflowing with life and love!
So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you.
I 've filled a few buckets in my lifetime. I've also taken from someone's bucket before. I might have even taken from yours. I apologize if I have. Am I taking from the buckets of those that are around me? My family at home? Am I teaching my children to be bucket fillers or bucket takers? I don't want to be a bucket emptier...I want to be a bucket filler!! I want to fill others' buckets to overflowing!! I want to fill their lives with what God has taught me to. Love, compassion, grace, unselfishness, encouragement, laughter, and patience!!
Don't be a bucket taker...
BE A BUCKET FILLER!!!
Dear God...help us to be bucket fillers. Help us to put into people's hearts what you have so graciously put into ours. Encourage us to be encouragers!! Giving you Glory in all things.
I Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build eachother up.
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.