Sigh….I’m in a slump.
I know. I realize that everyone at one point or another is in a slump, but have you ever had the feeling that you just want to stay in Slumptown? Lazy, grouchy, lack of creative juices…that’s where I’ve been living.
Nope, I haven’t had any life disappointments, no trauma that started the downward spiral…just flat out selfish. Thinking I needed a little ‘me’ time. Yes, I still get up early for my Bible time, but I would find myself looking out the window and thinking of all the things I had to do for the day, filling my mind with distractions and praying out of an obligation rather than obedience.
But here’s the wonderful thing about our God. Even when I’m slumping our precious Savior is unchanging. He waits like a gentleman and quietly shows me how I’ve placing a higher value on temporary things rather than eternal ones. What are my temporary things? Technology, mostly. Social media sites, Netflix, Pinterest and YouTube cat videos,#obvi. Not necessarily bad things but suddenly I’m finding myself setting aside my spiritual focus and consuming myself with trivial activities.
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” (NLT)
Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
So what happens when you begin to exchange your mindless ‘googling’ for some Christ-centered activities such as prayer, studying Scripture and serving others? Oh, you know, just wonderful renewed energy, godly attitudes and lasting joy….and who wouldn’t want that?? The only place where you can find true rest is at the feet of Jesus! Only in His presence can we find a satisfaction far beyond what the world can offer.
1 Timothy 5:6, “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.”
The Believer’s Bible Commentary says “this woman is dead as far as communion with God or usefulness for Him are concerned.” In other words while she may be alive physically, her lifestyle proves she is unregenerate and spiritually dead.
I don’t want to be that woman. I want to leave my slump and replace it with a Christ centered lifestyle. He has entrusted me with the precious gift of time and I want to give Him the best hours of my day, rather than the remaining minutes before I fall asleep in my prayers.
2 Corinthians 5:17, “There if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (NASB)