When There’s Nothing Left To Give


I’m going to be honest with you and admit that this article was rather difficult for me to write. Yes, I generally am one to suffer from severe procrastination; however, this time it was awful and I could not figure out why. Until one night it hit me that the reason why this was so hard for me to write was because God is still molding my heart and showing me that this is an area in my life that I struggle with.

I consider myself a giver. I love helping people and I will give everything I have in order to help another. So, if you ask me what is like to give when there is nothing left to give, I’ll be the first to tell you what its like… it sucks.  It literally sucks the life and passion out of you.

Life is crazy and stressful. We are constantly running around, trying to meet needs and help people. We give and give and give. Though we feel good about what we have done, we are left feeling drained and ultimately empty. We are taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive, but in those moments we feel far from blessed, which is weird because you would think that if you are trying to give like Jesus then you should feel content.

What I didn’t realize until recently was the importance of being refilled.

As you are pouring out, you need to be poured into. So whether it’s going to church or having a quiet time with God, you need to find some way to be fed. You cannot pour into others if you are not full yourself.

Even the ultimate giver, Jesus, still had to spend time alone with God to be replenished and fed. If Jesus, the Son of God, needs to take time to pray and be refilled by God, then who are we to think that we can go weeks without being fed and not grow weary? Giving without constantly being fed is like pouring water into a cracked cup, it leaks water, leaving the cup empty. On the other hand, if you pour water into a normal, crack-free cup, the water only leaks once it overflows – but this one stays full. Although water flows from both cups, only one of them stays full while the other remains empty.

So many of us go think that we are giving when really we are just “leaking” God’s love on others. And yet, we cannot figure out why we are still empty. In order to escape feeling empty, you have to stay full of God’s love and presence in yourself. More blessed is it to give than to receive – but you have to have something to give, and that comes from God.

God wants His love to spill from our lives because we are so full of Him.

It is impossible for an empty cup to overflow; so, as you give to others and pour God’s love on them, be sure that you are being poured into as well, knowing that the love of God will never run dry.

– Ryann –

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  • Reply January 2, 2015

    Jeb Boswell

    I love your heart Ryann you are a blessing from God to me to be in your life!!! God is truly molding your heart sweetheart and I and proud ti be your Dad and see what he is doing in your life.. I love you sweetheart !! Dad

  • Reply January 28, 2015


    very timely read…I appreciate the encouragement and reminder to live/serve filled! 🙂

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