Crisis of Confidence

I’ll admit it—I’m at a bit of a “stuck” point in regards to this site, mainly because I’m at a “stuck” point on my faith journey. Most folks begin the New Year with unbridled optimism—and I’m actually one of those folks, in many parts of my life. However, faith and spirituality seems to be lagging somewhat for me, for whatever reason.

If you’re thinking, “Geof skipped church on Sunday,” you’re right! 🙁 I actually went over there at 0800, only to find that we weren’t having a service until 1000. By the time 1000 rolled around, I was out of going-to-church mode. Sad.

So, reader … what have you done in the past to yank yourself out of these ruts? I’m all ears.

5 comments

  1. I wish I had a good easy answer for you, Geof… but I don’t. 🙁 I would remind you (as I’m know you know) to not start avoiding your spiritual activities (church and the like) because you’re in a funk… stick with ’em. God may use them to break that funk, even though it doesn’t look promising. I’ll be praying for you.

  2. Hm. Some tactics that have worked for me in the past:

    * Pull out my favorite preaching (video or CDs) and stick it on in the background wherever I am (house, car, etc)

    * Play my favorite music. Depending on mood, something upbeat to get me jumpin’ and praisin’… or something melancholy and meditative to ease me into the arms of Jesus for comfort… but it can’t just be the usual top 40 Christian contemporary that’s on the radio.

    * Meditate on the love of God and focus on thankfulness for the blessings He’s given me. It’s simple and cliche, but counting my blessings never fails to bring out things I’ve been taking for granted and renew my joy in the goodness of God.

    * STOP striving. Be still and know He is God. Labor to enter into His rest. Sometimes I’m just trying too hard to “do” Christianity or church. When I stop trying and just be a sponge seeking and soaking up His presence, then I slow fill back up again until I’m full and back to my usual “up” self. It’s counter-intuitive, because I feel like I should try harder, sing louder, etc. But when I just ‘be still” in an atmosphere where He’s moving (whether at church or simply in the midst of listening to preaching or music at home), then I stop limiting Him by trying to make the relationship work by my own effort.

    * Go through my study notes and prayer journals. Often there are inspiring and motivating entries that remind me of what God’s been saying to me lately. It gets me re-focused and on fire again when I realize there are things He’s shown me that I haven’t taken action on yet.

    Hopefully one of these will work for you. And thanks for the opportunity to make this list — I’ve been feeling a little blah, myself.

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