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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Un-Christmasing

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
I dread taking down our Christmas decorations. It is sad. In fact, I put it off as long as possible. One year, I left our Christmas decorations up until March! No joke.

What was much-anticipated and a joy a little over a month ago, is now a dreaded chore. Isn’t it interesting how the very same items and activity can change with time? A month ago, my daughters and I were trimming the tree to blaring Christmas tunes; recently, I had to beg...I mean demand their help. Why? The thrill, expectation, and the overall spirit of the holiday, had drifted away, lost, packed up and shut down until next year.

Does this sound familiar?

We are probably all reeling from holiday overload as we struggle to get back into the familiar routines of life, but how about digging a little deeper? Are there other areas of your life that have lost their sparkle? That can be a tough and tender question, can’t it? I know...for me too. Sometimes things float around in the back of our minds, semi-unnoticed, until something brings it front and center. Let’s go there. It can be healthy to bring things out into the light, truly examining what’s going on. Leaving unsettled matters in your head, or heart, can be negative. 

First of all, what is it? What area of your life; which was once a joy, has become a chore? Go on, take a moment to ponder. That is, unless yours is as obvious as mine. My less sparkly, less joyous area of my life in need of drastic and immediate change - this is hard to confess - is my morning Bible study time. Jesus is not lacking, he is still there, but I am not. I sleep late, turn off the alarm,  I am tired, sick, and continue to make excuses, excuses, excuses. 


Oh, did you choose something to concentrate on, too? Now, this can be tough, but before we jump into a lake of regret, anger, or hurt, is this something God wants restored? That, my friend, is of utmost importance. I strongly advise some serious prayer over this issue if you are not completely sure. It may also be wise to seek godly counsel from a trusted friend, or your pastor. 


My lackluster situation is undeniably something God most assuredly expects restored ASAP! But, what to do? Glad you asked. My answer comes right from the book of Revelation. Someone else was having the same problem; a whole group of hard-working, persevering people found themselves in a situation where their love for God had grown stale. 


If we are not very diligent, this can happen to us regarding any relationship: a sizzling marriage can lose its fire; that amazing job can become burdensome, the house you couldn't wait to live in got dusty and cluttered; maybe the grades aren’t what you hoped for. We could go on. This particular group of folks had “dropped the ball,” so to speak. They grew comfortable and a bit complacent. They were enduring the pressures of everyday stresses, only now, they were experiencing these repercussions in vain. They were going through the motions, but had lost the drive, motivation, and heart. For some it seems it was intentional, but for some it was likely accidental. When a situation leaves us a little deflated or defensive, we intentionally pull back - after a while, this becomes our new normal. Other times it can be accidental, the stress and busyness of life distracts us, and we lose focus. Either sound familiar?


This all describes the church in Ephesus pretty well. You see, they’d lost their focus. According to the Apostle John, God said, “You have forsaken your first love” (Revelation 2:4). They had lost their love for God. They were still mostly doing the same things, but their heart wasn’t in it. Even though they were persecuted somewhat for their “devotion” to God, the relationship was not a heart connection anymore. His holy recommendation was simple, but profound: “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Rev. 2:5). Simple: remember the good times, how you looked forward to it with joy. Next, repent, note what you have done wrong, or neglected to do, and move on! Do something about it! Begin anew by doing the things you used to do that were inspiring and helped to create that old spark you used to have.


If the lackluster area of your life is also in the spiritual realm, getting this one priority straight will enhance every other area of your life; and will bring the only true contentment to be found on earth. It’s not too late to challenge yourself in the new year. It’s never too late to do the right thing.


Go ahead - be bold! Be godly!


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The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry


At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


4 comments:

  1. Reclaiming the fire to do and accomplish that I had in my youth.

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    1. You go girl! Reclaim the fire for the Lord! He created us to be passionate people all of our lives! Depend on Him to give you the boosts you will need as you journey on :)

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  2. This hit meright between the eyes!!!! Thanks for the encouragement.

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    1. The Lord has a way of getting our attention doesn't he? Once he does, we must be intentional about moving forward. We all need encouragement from time to time - I KNOW I do!!

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