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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
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.