I have noticed during the summer is that the slower pace of life can make me start feeling apathetic about…well, everything…I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to clean, I don’t want to make goals and complete them, and sometimes I don’t feel like spending time with Jesus or in His Word.
Can anyone relate to these summertime feelings? I can start to feel so apathetic that I lose perspective of what is most important, my relationship with Jesus.
I really believe that a slower pace of life during a season of the year, is healthy for everyone. But in the relaxed days, we have to be even more vigilant to not lose sight of what is most important.
So how can we fight apathy…when we recognize it in our hearts?
Several months ago, I was feeling very apathetic about sharing Jesus with people I would meet in the city. I confessed to two girls that I had been apathetic on several occasions when I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to share His love with others. I had deliberately disobeyed the Holy Spirit’s prompting simply because “I didn’t feel like it.” Because of this it became easier and easier to ignore the Holy Spirit’s promptings and to walk in disobedience.
I gave myself a deadline of one week to “do something radical” and asked the two other girls to hold me accountable. I defined “doing something radical” as sharing the love of Jesus with a stranger, because that always makes me feel uncomfortable, and I was getting too comfortable going throughout my life without sharing the gospel. Six days later, I still had done nothing radical and honestly I hadn’t felt like I had an opportunity to do so.
With my deadline approaching, I knew I needed to go and look for someone to share the love of Christ with because spending the majority of the day at home it is harder to encounter strangers. I went to my local grocery store, texted my friends and told them that I wasn’t leaving the grocery store until I had shared about Christ’s love with someone.
As I walked into the grocery store I headed for the beauty section and began looking for nail polish. A sales clerk approached me and asked if I needed help. She seemed friendly and possibly like the person God wanted to share His love with through me that day.
After talking with her for a little while, I asked if I could pray for her about anything, she enthusiastically said “YES!” and shared about a personal situation she was going through. She said I could pray for her then, and I did. She was so thankful and the expression on her face when we were done praying was more joyful and lighter then when we had first begun to talk.
“Wow,” I thought, that couldn’t have been any easier or fun. Not even two minutes after arriving at the store God sent this sweet girl to talk to me, and she was so thankful that I had reached out to her. All it took was for me to do something radical.
When I did this I was opposing the spirit of apathy. This simple concept of doing something radical can be beneficial in so many ways.
Emotion: You don’t feel like worshipping Jesus or spending time with Him in prayer and in the Word.
– Read: scriptures that talk about God’s character and thank Him for His attributes. An awesome Psalm to reflect on the character of God is Psalm 103!
– Blast: worship music for 30 minutes, and sing along no matter how quietly or off tune you must do so.
One of my favorite songs to worship to is: “Jireh”
– Stand: I have often found that when I don’t feel like worshipping God either at a corporate gathering or in my own personal time with Him that it helps my heart when I stand. The simple act of standing shows initiative, it is your body telling your spirit, I am actively engaging in what is going on here, whether I feel like it or not.
Emotion: You are feeling grumpy and full of complaints about life
– Remember: Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for everyday for the next week.
– Bless: Look for someone in need that you can bless. Bake them cookies, offer to clean their house or babysit…ect…
How do you oppose apathy? What is a favorite worship song or scripture you come back to when you need to stir your soul to worship?