With the barrage of news and things I have to do sometimes I feel a lot like my phone lately: low battery. Even though it charges all night, by 2pm my phone is at 5% battery. And I say, well, me too phone, me too. I only have 5% left for this day.
That’s when I know I’m not serving from the saucer.
I first learned the concept of serving from the saucer from fellow minister Rev. Carol Cissel. She taught me the metaphor that in a life of service, often times, we will want to serve people from our cup. The cup is full of the things that we need, that we compromise to help someone else. However, we shouldn’t cut back on the things that we need in order to serve someone else. Rather, we should ensure that the cup is full first, that our needs are met. When this happens, the cup overflows, and then we can serve from the saucer.
In our lives, and during these times, it seems like there are so many important things that we have to do. I don’t suggest turning off the news or numbing yourself to the things that have to be done. Rather, I think you should surrender to it. As the Talmud says: Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
So I accept there are so many things that must be done, and I accept I cannot do them all. And I fulfill my needs first, let my cup overflow, and serve others from the saucer.