Part 3 in a 3 part series
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When I’m tired I can’t be bothered to be spiritual.
It’s easier for me to flop on the sofa in front of the TV than get on my knees in front of God. When I’m worn out I’d rather devour a box of Oreos than a book of the bible, or procrastinate rather than pray.
Do you find that being spiritual can sometimes feel too much like hard work?
Does tiredness turn you into a physical and spiritual sloth too?
When a good night’s sleep doesn’t fix the weariness, it’s so easy to slowly drift away from God isn’t it? I call it the Downward Spiral of Spiritual Apathy. It looks like this (I’ve drawn a very scientific chart).
If we want to feel alive physically, we need to come alive spiritually. Somehow we must break this downward cycle.
But how on earth do we break it and feed our hungry souls, when we can’t be bothered to get off our bums and open the fridge door, let alone feed on the bread of life?
When I was in treatment and constantly tired and unmotivated, I unwittingly stumbled on the secret to breaking my spiritual apathy to feed my hungry heart. The key was to take small bites of tasty spiritual foods that were within reach and easy to digest. Tasting God’s spiritual food revives our soul, refreshes our hearts and puts a spring in our step.
[“Tasting God’s spiritual food revives our soul, refreshes our hearts and puts a spring in our step.”] @NikiBHardy
When we’re tired it can be hard to think of ways to connect with God so I’ve created a smorgasbord of splendid spiritual offerings for you to nibble from. These are some of the spiritual appetizers that I found helpful when my energy and motivation where at their lowest. I want to invite you to try some of them however you’re feeling today.
- List five things you are grateful for: Whether you’re grateful for your friends, the weather or Peanut M&Ms, take a moment to thank God for them.
- Write a letter to tell God how you’re feeling: However you’re feeling; tired, angry, worried, resentful, hopeful or not even sure He’s listening, take a moment to tell Him and ask Him for what you need.
- Put on some worship music and be still for a moment: Whatever your taste in music, there’s some worship music for you. Try our new CityChurch worship CD if you like. Take a moment to become aware of God’s presence.
- Get out into God’s creation: The world around us reveals His vastness and glory to us. Check out the night sky, trees in the park or birds on your roof. The guy that made them, made you too!
- Meditate on God’s promises: Which ones excite you? Bring you comfort? Which one is hard to believe? Can you let them sink into your heart as well as your mind? (You can download a set of promises to keep at hand in the side bar).
- Look at art that depicts God’s character: Charlie Mackesy’s Prodigal Son and Rembrant’s Prodigal Son both depict the unconditional love of God in very different ways. What do these pictures say to you? Do you believe God loves you unconditionally?
- Sit in the quiet of an empty church sanctuary: Rest in the silence, don’t rush away. Look around, what do you see? How do you feel? However you’re feeling, take a moment to tell God. What do you feel He might be saying to you?
In His grace, God meets us as we come to His table just as we are. He feeds our tired souls, bringing us alive spiritually and refreshes us physically.
“In His grace, God meets us as we come to His table just as we are. He feeds our tired souls, bringing us alive spiritually and refreshes us physically.”
This was the third and final week of The Secret to Recapturing your Get Up and Go. If you missed week 1 or 2, where we saw how keeping moving forward physically and emotionally can re-energize us, you can check them out here (week 1) and here (week 2).
If you’ve put any of these tips into practice how did it go? What worked for you and what didn’t? How do you recapture your get up and go when it’s walked off to find someone more interesting? Do let me know