Running On Empty?

When it comes to your personal life, do you ever feel like you are running on empty? This might be physically, or emotionally, or even socially. And certainly, we must not neglect our spiritual lives.

Do you ever feel like your spiritual fuel tank is on E? Do you feel that life doesn’t seem to make sense, God seems so distant and removed from your experience?

Are relationships in your life strained, and you find that there’s something very comforting about zoning out as you binge watch a show, or escape into a virtual world through gaming?

Or are you a glutton for punishment by making yourself depressed by seeing what everyone else is posting on social media, or getting lost for hours on end in the endless rabbit trails of YouTube videos to amuse yourself?


Well, you’re not alone. And you are also not alone in feeling that gnawing emptiness when everything goes quiet on occasion, but you’re not sure what to do with yourself. You’re uncomfortable with stillness and quiet.

You might be thinking, “How did you know?”

It’s because many of these things I’m describing are so common now, but many people are not usually looking for solutions for fear of others thinking they’re weird or there’s something wrong with them.

So, what does this have to do with fuel?


If you feel that you are running on empty and yet your life is inundated with a steady stream of screen time in various forms, it’s time to start thinking deeper about how your screen time may be affecting you. How it may be robbing you of real fuel that you need in life when it comes to your physical, social, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

If you think of media, or entertainment as a kind of fuel, and you are consuming lots of it, why do you suppose you still have that empty feeling?


Because it’s the wrong kind of fuel for the deepest needs of your life. Those needs are like a special engine that is sitting idle because it doesn’t run on the fuel of digital media. The tank is empty, and you feel it.

Maybe it’s time to exchange some screen time for some quiet time with God. You’ll discover that your empty tank will begin to get filled.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a