Are You Running on Fumes?

by | Sep 7, 2017 | Igniting Influence

Think about it. Are you running on fumes? As I sit here and write, that is where I am. I just want to close my eyes. I’m exhausted, weary and dog tired! Dog tired – I’ve heard that all my life. What does that mean? I have three dogs and they sleep most of the day waiting for me and my husband to get home. They are overjoyed when they see us and can’t wait for a walk and some food. Then, guess what? They are ready for another nap. They can’t be tired!


Sometimes I wish I had the life of my dogs – to have all my needs provided for me. Have someone watch over me and keep me safe. To be overjoyed when my master is in my presence. Wait a minute. I do have someone who provides all my needs. I have someone who watches over me and keeps me safe. I am overjoyed when I’m in my master’s presence. I just need to learn from my dogs and stop and rest. The most important thing in my life is my master.


If you are like me, you keep on running even when you are out of energy. It’s what is expected. We live in a culture of workaholics. We expect much out of ourselves and of others. We have a hard time saying “no.” Some of the signs I’m running on fumes are: crankiness (yes, I get cranky), wanting to sleep, overeating, lack of focus, no energy to name a few.


May Matthew 11:28-30 speak to you as it does to me right now. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


Sustainability is important. I can’t sustain the pace I’m living right now. How about you?


  1. What are the clues you are running on fumes?
  2. What makes it hard to stop?
  3. How often do you just go to the Lord for rest?

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