Recently in our home, 1 of our 4 children though they would help mom and dad by watering our flowers in the front of the yard. While normally we welcome and expect this type of help, this time the unknown offender left the hose on all night.
While we do have a hose head sprayer, it was not as tight and snug as it could have been. Needless to say, as my wife and I woke that morning with coffee in hand and looked out at the beautiful morning, we saw a muddy pond we used to call our flower bed. The hose had leaked all night.
At some point or another we ALL find ourselves leaking spiritual passion. The reasons are plentiful (fatigue, burnout, hurt, imbalance, neglect, laziness, oversight, boredom, etc…). But if left unchecked, leaking spiritual passion for extended period of time can cost us greatly.
As you examine your spiritual passion this Monday, and perhaps find it leaking, let me suggest 5 Ideas for Renewing Your Passion TODAY:
- F.A.I.T.H. SIZED GOALS: Often times we lose our spiritual passion because we get bored with what we are doing. There are moments of greatness that cross our minds, but we choose to stifle that voice of faith and settle for something less. Mediocrity will suffocate your passion. My wife knows this about me, and constantly challenges me with the question, “What ‘mountain’ are you climbing next?” (http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/how-to-set-a-faith-goal)
- LEAD YOUR MIND: Remember what your mother told you when you were young: “Garbage in, garbage out!” Well come to find out, mom was right (don’t worry, you don’t have to admit this to her). What you allow access to your mind through your ears and eyes, you give permission to influence you. From the music you listen to, the shows you watch, and the friends you spend the most time with… All will influence you heart, mind and family. So I just want to suggest that YOU lead your mind, and don’t delegate this to others. Here’s a few possible ways you can do this for you and/or your family:
- Start off your week as a family worshiping God together at church. For some, your schedule will not allow this setting to occur, so you may have to get creative in your home or with a group of friends who have similar goals.
- Now that school is starting, let your kids wake up to some uplifting and energy filled Christian music. I’ve even had the audio Bible playing as they are eating breakfast.
- Begin each morning with reason why you are thankful and express that gratitude to the Lord in prayer.
- End each night in prayer with your spouse (if married), once again thanking Him for His blessings, but this time your doing it together.
- REST: The Biblical concept of rest is found in the Sabbath. Instituting a Sabbath into your week is extremely important, and is a way in which we honor and worship God (of course the opposite is true as well). To incorporate the principle, instead of the law, taking a Sabbath each week is separating 1 day per week in which there is NO creative or productive activity. It says, “God is more source, and I trust Him with my six day to accomplish his purposes through me, that I separate this one day as holy to Him. It is kind of like tithing. It is not a requirement for salvation, but it should be a result of salvation.
- CONNECT: Whether you consider yourself social or not, we grow best in relationships. Take time to build Christ-centered relationships with others which will replenish your soul and in which you can bless others. At our church (Shrewsbury Assembly) we have seasonal LIFE Groups, Discipleship Courses, Sunday School classes, and other settings to connect and grow. They keep us focused and moving in the right direction.
- SERVE: While this last idea may seem counter-intuitive, blessing others gives us new life. Perhaps the words from the wisest man to ever walk the earth (King Solomon) might convince you, “Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25) From helping a complete stranger at the grocery story, to volunteering to teach a class at your church, when we bless others, we are blessed. Do something for someone this week without expecting anything in return. In fact, if you can do it anonymously, even better.
While none of these ideas will make my water bill any cheaper or will keep my kids from forgetting about the hose, They may help stop you from leaking any more spiritual passion, and instead, start filling up instead.
Remember, life is what you make it, so make it great!