We all have buckets as the story shows. Our buckets start out each day full of love, energy, good
feelings—all the things God wants for us. But as the story—and our experiences happen-- sometimes our buckets become empty. Then we need to refill (Renew). Talk together about what experiences renew you.
Some things that have been suggested include: reading the Bible, walking along the beach, talking with a friend, praying, coming to church. Add your own ideas to this list:
At home put a bucket on the table and write notes to drop in about what renews you. Then when you are feeling empty and can’t think of what to do, reach in your bucket and pull out a slip that will remind you. Don’t forget to put the slip back in for another day.
Now one more thing:
What would Jesus want us to do as a church family to fill buckets for others? Filling buckets for others, as the story told us, also fills our bucket. We made a good start with our welcome banners that reflect our extravagant (remember that means REALLY BIG) hospitality. Share with Pastor Mindy your ideas about ways we can fill buckets and renew others.
Ask for rest when you need it. Or as an adult you may need to schedule REST. Never forget the
importance of renewal of the Spirit. What do you need? How can we help each other?
For a moment take time out and listen to this rendition of Psalm 23 by Bobby McFerrin: