Fill ‘Er Up

Just a quick morning thought from the book of Acts. The chapter is 3 and the song I learned as a child is already in my head:

“Peter and John went to pray. They met a lame man on the way. He stuck out his palm and asked for an alm, and this is what Peter did say: ‘Silver and gold have I none. But such as I have give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ He went walking and leaping and praising God. Walking and leaping and praising God. In the name of Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

That’s the story in a nutshell, and as I read through it this morning, I kept seeing “filled up” people, and in seeing them “filled up,” it made me want to live my life “filled up” as well. And I found myself praying to God some “Fill er up” prayers for me and my friends and family. Things like:

The desire to be filled up with the passion to pray like Peter and John who were on their way to temple at 3 in the
afternoon.

The desire to be filled up with serving like the unknown people who brought their lame friend to the temple gates to
beg.

The desire to be filled up with perseverance like the lame man who continued to go there and ask day after day.

The desire to be filled up with the vision to see those who get passed by day after day like Peter and John did.

The desire to be filled up with contentment like Peter and John who knew that having God was better than
having money.

The desire to be filled up with the boldness to look someone in the eye and offer them Jesus like Peter to did the
lame man.

The desire to be filled up with the willingness to take someone by the hand, help them up and bring them into the
church like Peter did.

The desire to be filled up with a humble heart able to accept the gift of healing when God offers it to me like the
lame man did.

The desire to be filled up with overflowing, enthusiastic thanks and praise for all the ways that God has healed and
helped me like that lame man did.

The desire to be filled up with awe and wonder when I see wat God is doing in the people and world around me like
the people in the temple did.

The desire that those I know and love and have yet to know might be filled up with the same things bringing glory to
God with each and every step, hop and leap of faith we take as He takes our hands and walks with us into His
house.

And with that thought, it’s time for me to rise up and walk, praising God (and yeah, maybe I’ll do a little leaping along the way, too!)

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