I tend to go through spurts. Not just in my faith but in everything-friendships, parenting, finances, physically…I find myself getting very giddy about the new “in thing” and I run with it for a few weeks until I get bored/lazy/fat/lazy. I dont know what it is, but as American Hi-Fi sang, i tend to find the “flavor of the week.” (now i want ice cream)
I wish I was much better than I am at sticking with things. We dropped our Y membership to save money, but we have sacrificed our physical well being. This weekend we were at a wedding and instead of looking at the healthy choices, I dug into cake, steak, and sweet tea. I was so excited to see my son/wife after their trip to Columbus for a night that I was a horrible friend and forgot to go to a bachelor party.
I know that I’m not perfect-I never thought I was…I know I never will be…but I wish I was more consistent.
I’m reminded of Revelation 3:15-17
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
I wish that I could always be hot…(physically-i’m always a hot sweaty mess) but what I mean is I wish I always had a fire in my belly. I wish I always cared as much as I do when I’m on fire about something. I have been pretty passionate about the oil spill in the Gulf lately-but in a month, who knows what I’ll be passionate about-even though there will most likely still be thousands of gallons of oil spilling into our oceans still.
But what’s most importantly (Arrested Development lyric) I wish that I had a fire in my belly for God like I do when I’m listening to David Crowder sing “How he loves,” or when I listen to a great sermon or when I read a great new book. but I don’t. I fail. I lose interest. I lose a bit of faith. I get bored/lazy/fat/bored.
How do I break this pattern? How do I keep the fire in my belly? How do I never lack in zeal, but keep my spiritual fervor, serving the Lord?” (Romans 12:11).
How do you keep from putting out the Spirits Fire?