I struggle with being stagnant in my faith.
I am and have always been an idealist. This is great when I am hanging out with my friends and I can say things like “What if we…” and “Wouldn’t it be awesome if….” Although I come up with all of these great thoughts, I so often struggle going through with my ideas. Maybe I just don’t care enough, maybe I am scared of failure, and maybe I feel like there are better things that I can be doing, but I tend to give up on projects easily. I don’t follow through in my spiritual life like I should most of the time, and that bugs me. For the longest time I have wondered what to do to avoid these stagnant periods in my faith that follow periods of incredible growth.
I have been reading Donald Miller’s book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” and in the book, Miller constantly refers to living a better story in his life. I really connect with what he is saying. I consider myself a “big picture” guy, and with me not knowing what God’s “big picture” for my life is, I really have trouble going anywhere and doing anything in life. Miller suggests giving our lives direction by setting goals or having something to strive for. Having goals forces us to go out and actually DO things. So what I am going to try and do is set some goals that will force me to get out and LIVE. I will get back to you on how that goes.
P.S.: If you are into the whole reading thing and haven’t read any of Donald Miller’s books, I would highly recommend giving him a shot. I would start with “Blue Like Jazz,” it’s fantastic!