My Cup is FULL!!! Stop Pouring!!!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: v-25; Acts 21:18-40

The Lord is my shepherd.
    I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
    he leads me to restful waters;
        he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths
    for the sake of his good name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
    they protect me.

You set a table for me
    right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
    my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love
    will pursue me all the days of my life,
    and I will live in the Lord’s house
    as long as I live.

Psalm 23:1-6, Common English Bible

“My cup is full!!! Stop Pouring!!!” Have you ever heard someone say those words? I have, well maybe not the exact words but something similar. I can remember telling my kids to stop before they overfilled the glass. I also can remember the mess when they didn’t heed my warning. That is what happens when our “…cup is so full it spills over.” We end up with a big mess. Who wants to end up with a mess on your hands? It is a pretty safe answer to say, none of us. Well, none of us, if we are talking about a literal cup overflowing and making a literal mess.

Have you ever heard someone say, in words dripping with sarcasm, “My cup runneth over.” I know I have. Wait, what am I saying there. I have actually used that line, with those sarcasm dripping words. This bad thing happen. The other thing wasn’t too good either. Oh and I just remembered I lost my wallet back in 1962. That wasn’t too cool. “My cup runneth over!” Once again, it is a mess.

But, if there were $100 bills overflowing a cup full of $100 bills, we might say, “My cup runneth over” and we really aren’t too upset about it. “Keep the cash coming” would likely be our response.

When we are talking about my cup running over from a spiritual perspective, that mess shouldn’t bother us either. In fact, as happy as we might be from the mess of overflowing $100 bills when we recognize the way our cup overflows with blessings from God, we should be even more excited. I do realize that such is not the case for many around us. Their thinking tends to go, “If I can’t touch it, it doesn’t matter.”

We need to remember, if I can touch it, one day it will not matter. When I am dead, in a box in the ground, anything physical isn’t going to matter, including the earthen vessel I said was me back when I was walking the earth. It is the things I can’t touch, quite possibly things I can’t see, or hear. These are the things that can only come from God. And, if God wants to keep sending me blessings? Well, that is alright by me. So, Lord, my cup may be full, but when it comes to things from you, make all the mess you want to make. I know I will be blessed by what you leave behind.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved



Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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