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SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

My times of spiritual lull do not necessarily happen when things are going wrong or when things are going exceptionally well-they happen when things are, well, just normal. Either end of the pendulum swing reminds me to focus on the Lord. When things are going wrong, my prayer life heats up and when things are going right, my praise life intensifies. But when nothing is really going wrong in my life, or when I don't have exceptional things happening, I tend to think I can handle life on my own. And when I live my life with the attitude that I can take care of myself I drift into a spiritual lull.

How egocentric of me!

When am I going to learn that it isn't about me and how well things are going in my life? Paul wrote, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) For Paul, it wasn't about his life. It was about God. He didn't let the ups and downs, or the plateaus pull him down. In other words, his spirituality wasn't swinging on the bottom of the pendulum, constantly changing. Though his life went through extremes like everyone else's, he remained steady. In Philippians 4:11, he wrote, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

It takes discipline to pray when I don't have a pressing need and it takes discipline to praise when I'm not overjoyed with some aspect of my life. Certainly it is just easier to drift into spiritual apathy than to be disciplined. But when I give into apathy and hit a lull, I miss the blessings God intends for me.

Join me in praying for spiritual renewal.



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