I remember my preaching professor at seminary telling us that we ought to preach out of the overflow. What he meant was that the best preaching happens our relationship with God is deep enough that it overflows into Sunday.
I like being in overflow It means there is something left in the tank even after you give lots away. It means you don't need to manufacture energy...it's there. It means you are not chasing joy all the time...it actually shows up as a gift. It means that there is a deeper synchronicity between your walk and your talk. It means you are accomplishing more and yet finding rest.
It doesn't mean you're perfect. It doesn't mean you don't struggle. It doesn't mean you've got it all figured out. But it does mean you're at least not always running a deficit of energy.
The question is: how do you get to a place of overflow? That's what this week is about.
This week I want to blog about some of the things I've learned that have helped me find overflow in fresh ways (especially after a season where I couldn't find it for a while). I won't blog on obvious ones (read your Bible and pray - I've done that enough), but on ones that are more obscure and might get missed. I'm particularly excited about it because I don't think these tips are as widely known or practices as they ought to be.
A few of the thoughts are my own musings, but I need to give credit where it's due: I've learned a lot of what I'll share this week from two people: Reggie Joiner and Andy Stanley. Having been able to work with these two leaders and learn from them over the last three years has been a real gift. In many ways, they have helped me find permission to make choices that lead to overflow. So just in case you thought I was smart or something, I need to deflect credit away.
Anyway...this all starts tomorrow.
Question: what season are you in, and if you've had operated out of "overflow" in the past, what's generated it for you?