By Steve Botsford
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing,” (John 15:5).
The idea of a glass being half empty or half full is a common proverbial phrase that is used to illustrate that a situation can be viewed as generally positive or negative. It can also be interpreted as a state of mind, or perception of one’s worldview. Either way, it’s an assessment of a moment in time.
In the Jackson Browne song “Running on Empty,” Browne describes a (hopefully) transitional season of life. He uses the metaphor of a gas tank to describe his place in life. In our own lives, we are constantly refilling and recharging. Be it gasoline, cell phone or laptop batteries, or grabbing a snack or meal, we need to replenish our source of energy.
The thing is, all these sources are temporary and must be constantly replenished. Life’s journey and meaning is found in the source of all things–Jesus Christ.
Jesus reminds us that we are connected, and when we are connected not only are we nourished but we “bear much fruit.” Connected and nourished, two essentials for the long run and for everyday stewards.
No longer are we half empty OR half full!
Steve Botsford is the Director of Religious Education at St. Ann Catholic Church in Marietta, GA. He holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans.