By Patrick Hawthorne
I willingly admit that there are days when I just don’t feel very spiritual. I wish I could say otherwise, but the fact remains that sometimes I just want to be spiritually left alone. As a matter of fact, I felt that way this very morning.
Typically I like to spend around twenty to thirty minutes praying the first thing when I wake, but not this morning. This morning my “get-up-and-go” switch was stuck on energy saving mode. Oh, don’t look at me so holy! I know many of you reading this feel the very same way at times.
Why am I writing this? Why am I putting it out there for all to read that I don’t always feel super spiritual? It’s because I want those of you who may feel the same way to know that you are not alone. Furthermore, I would like to encourage you to pull up your big boy/girl pants and to continue the good fight of faith. Look at the words Paul wrote to the Church of Ephesus.
[ A Fight to the Finish ] And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (Ephesians 6:10-12 MSG)
In these last days, the devil is doing his best to trip up each child of God in our quest to reach the finish line. He is unmercifully throwing stones onto our paths in hope that we get so tired of dodging them that we stop any forward momentum. After all, weary Christians seldom talk about the goodness of Jesus. For that matter, weary Christians can be really whiny and annoying. Now, don’t get angry; I’m just being real! The truth, like a good medicine, sometimes hurts. But, it is necessary for the healing process.
So, the question remains…How do we avoid the spiritual ruts? The Apostle Paul said we are to comfort and edify (build up) each other so that we don’t become hardened at heart. (1 Thess 5:11; Heb 3:13). To do that, we must first allow people within the confines of our inner circle so that they may learn our individual motivators.
For me, a good motivator is a swift kick to the back side to get me moving. For some, it may take a more gentle approach, such as thoughtful encouragement or a listening ear. Whatever the trigger, we need people in our lives to encourage us when we are down and people who will stand with us during those rough times. However, that does not mean becoming a spiritual punching bag.
If you come across a person who routinely whines and belly aches and never seems to be making any forward progress, run as far and as fast as you can from them. They are purposefully trying to suck the life out of you for their own selfish gain. Yep…I’m still keeping it real! So, with that said, are you with me? Are you ready to start encouraging each other starting today? Be blessed and be motivated.