Cups of Life Exercise

We all have twenty-four hours in a day, and how we choose to spend our time determines where our heart truly lies (Matthew 6:21). It’s so easy to get wrapped up in “the anxieties of this world” (Philippians 4:6-7) like grades, where we’re going to college, who’s dating who, and how many followers we have on Instagram. However, that mindset makes us a slave to this world and warps our identity in Christ. We forget how wholly and completely loved we are and how it’s part of our job as Christ followers to share that love with others through our daily life. We can’t invest in others if we’re pouring from an empty cup.


In the Cups of Life exercise, take an honest look at how you spend your typical twenty-four hours each day and where your heart is right now. Does the way you spend your time reflect that of a follower or more of an acquaintance of Jesus?  Are you investing in life-giving things, or are you being sucked into the world’s stresses that will leave you feeling empty? Everyone’s cups of life will look different, but some suggestions for your cups include God, sleep, family, friends, sports, school, hobbies, dating, and social media. Be honest and transparent with yourself when naming your cups. Ask Jesus for clarity and direction. 1 John 1:8 states, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (NIV). Ask the Spirit to reveal any hidden habitual sins or false idols that I have taken root in your life.  Then, assign the equivalent number of drops/ounces with the number of hours you spend doing each activity every day.

*Reminder- All cups do not have to be used and more cups may be added.