Empty Yet Full

To serve is to bring your true self to life.

(Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Acts 20:33-35

“I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You know well that these very hands have served my needs and my companions. In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”


When it came to service…St. Paul was all in.

He knew that following Jesus meant giving all of himself to those in need.

Paul said that Jesus “emptied himself” (Philippians 2:7).

When we empty our ego’s desires…we are free to see the needs of others.

If we don’t practice dying to our egos during our lives…death will finally do it for us.

As Paul put it near the end of his life: “For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand” (2 Timothy 4:6).

You can practice a “daily dying” through a meditative practice.

As Jesus put it, “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:6-7).

This is the way to awaken your true self.

Then you can be free to serve those in need.

What is your unique mission?


Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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