The word “empty” can be used as a verb or an adjective. The adjective can imply meaningless, purposeless, pointless. The verb can mean to drain, clear out, or pour out. So why empty praise? It seems contradictory as a follower of Christ. In this space, I choose to identify with the verb rather than the adjective. My human nature tends towards often choosing to focus on the meaningless or purposeless things of life, so it’s a struggle.
The flip-side of this phrase comes from “Be Thou My Vision,” my favorite hymn. I vividly remember a challenging season of life where I felt like my identity was being robbed of me and this verse of this song came to mind. It was as if I was being pressed to choose if I can honestly sing along and reflect on them as my own words. It’s not easy.
So I have dedicated this space to some aspect of pouring out my thoughts and musings on life, or emptying myself, so that in Christ, I might gain a more fullness of life. I aspire that Christ-centered living would be my reality: in my heart, my mind and my way of life as a wife, mother, sister and friend.
From “Be Thou My Vision”…
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art