Jewish Journal

A Moment in Time: Your Spiritual Filling Station

Dear all,
Yesterday was a very busy day.  I began with a low tank of fuel, and I figured I could get through most of my morning responsibilities before stopping at a gas station.
But when the gage told me I had four miles to go, I realized that running on fumes (both literally and spiritually) is never a good idea. So I made a detour and filled up.
Life is a balance.  On the one hand, we test the boundaries, exceed the limits, and reach beyond our resources.  But on the other hand, it’s so important to respect boundaries, recognize limitations, and conserve our resources.
How do we know the difference?
How far is too far?
When do we not try hard enough?
Have we found ourselves running on empty?
Are we self-aware enough to take a moment in time to stop and refuel?
Go and seek out your spiritual filling station!  It may take a detour, and it may not fit your established plan.  But it will set the tone for your onward journey!
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

A change in perspective can shift the focus of our day – and even our lives.  We have an opportunity to harness “a moment in time,” allowing our souls to be both grounded and lifted.  This blog shows how the simplest of daily experiences can become the most meaningful of life’s blessings.  All it takes is a moment in time.
Rabbi Zach Shapiro is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Akiba of Culver City, a Reform Jewish Congregation in California.  He earned his B.A. in Spanish from Colby College in 1992, and his M.A.H.L. from HUC-JIR in 1996.  He was ordained from HUC-JIR – Cincinnati, in 1997.  He was appointed to the HUC-JIR Board of Governors in 2018.