Message Synopsis: An unsatisfying professional life can leave a void in our lives, but ironically, professional success can leave us feeling empty, too, if we don't have a greater purpose attached to it. There are many unhealthy ways to fight the empty feelings in our lives, but there are also meaningful ways to pursue true satiation. This message encourages readers to pursue meaningful professional and spiritual goals that will truly fill their hearts with hope.

But being full of the Holy Spirit, he (Stephen) gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Acts 7:55 NASB

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 NASB

The word empty brings to mind plenty of negative connotations. People don’t like to receive empty promises, and empty calories aren’t going to keep anyone satisfied for too long. It would be disappointing to receive an empty glass at a bar, and musicians don’t dream about playing to empty stadiums.

Nobody wants their professional pursuits to be empty, either.

Has your job ever left you feeling empty on the inside? Have you ever experienced a lack of emotion and enthusiasm while sitting within your workplace walls? When we sit down in our cubicles or take our places in the workshop for the millionth time, the prospect of repeating the same tasks again and again can leave us feeling a little blunted. If our jobs don’t excite us, then the only real goals seem to be the passing of time and the collection of a check, and that can seem empty.

Or maybe stressful living has left you feeling like a hollowed-out zombie at times. Have you ever gotten home from a long day of work and felt half-alive? After so many hours of angry traffic jams, fast food, and too much coffee, have you ever noticed that you weren’t able to feel much anymore at all?

Emptiness can be a disturbing feeling, and those who experience it usually attempt to remedy it, many times through unproductive or even destructive means. People who are feeling empty during working hours might create interpersonal drama or invent meaningless initiatives, and they might rush to happy hour each day after work, drinking too much alcohol in an attempt to get a little feeling back into their system.

There are unhealthy ways pursue the sensations of being content and engaged, but there are also meaningful and lasting ways to get full. In the Bible, when people are feeling a true connection to God—when they are experiencing His supernatural glory and power—that sensation is often referred to as being filled with the Holy Spirit. When the apostles gathered together at Pentecost, they prayed and were filled with God’s presence. During such spiritual showers, people are satiated with something good, and that good thing flows from them so that others can grab on to it as well.

Today, take a few minutes to identify the things in this life that make you feel full in a good way. Ask yourself which of those things are truly productive and sustainable. Ask yourself which of those things can be passed from you to others in order to truly improve lives.

If you’ve been feeling empty lately, then ask God to sweep over you and stir your emotions. If changes to your professional environment are needed, then pray for the courage to pursue those changes. If changes are needed at home, then pray for the courage to make those changes, too. Today, pray for renewed enthusiasm and purpose in all areas of your life, knowing that these things will be given to you.

Prayer: Dear God, please allow Your wisdom and Holy Spirit to rush into me today. I want to feel fully alive. Please grant me the wisdom to envision more invigorating days for myself, and please grant me the courage to pursue those days.

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