reinvigorate /ˌriːɪnˈvɪɡəˌreɪt/ verb (transitive) 1. to put vitality and vigour back into (someone or something)
Have you ever just felt…..blah? That has been me this last week of school, baseball, etc., as we transition into summer. I’ve felt run absolutely ragged (can we reinstitute naps after lunch at work?). I’ve need a little extra java in the mornings these last few days, especially. But I have also noticed that I’ve need a little extra pick-me-up in my spiritual life as well. It’s so very easy to get into a rut and, next thing you know, you’re three months down the road and everything feels a little stale. This busy-ness will do it to you.
I do not want to feel that way about God and His good news. As it happens, I could not for the life of me find the word “reinvigorate” in any version of the Bible I looked into. I was hoping to find a magic verse that addresses the stale, blah feeling I’ve had. But, good news! There are words of wisdom that show us how to reinvigorate our faith walk, when we’ve gotten into a rut and out of communion with the Holy One.
A little further digging led me to a great article, written by Josh Nink, titled “5 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Faith Life.” It really hit the nail right on the head and it reads, as follows:
I’ve been there. It happens to the best of us. There have been seasons of my life where my faith life seems drab and routine, or I feel that God is distant. In those times I become overly critical of myself and the world around me, seeing everything for their failures instead of seeing it all from a heavenly perspective.
It in the midst of those times that I begin looking for ways to reinvigorate my faith life. However, A “Renewed a Rejuvenated Faith in God” is not typically something you can just pick up at Target or have happen in a few moments. It often takes a deliberate effort to shake free of the shadows that distract us from God. Here are 5 ways that have worked for me in the past and helped refocus my vision on God.
Read your Bible
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16
I know it sounds like the go-to, “churchy” answer… and it is… but being in the Word regularly, even if only a single verse at a time is immensely powerful when it comes to changing your focus. The bible is the story of God and His people, and what better way to start renewing your relationship with the creator than reading His autobiography?
If this is hard for you, start with just a single verse a day, or use the audio version on your phone’s bible app during your morning commute. Find a way to rearrange your life in order to make time for a bit of God’s word. He will honor that, I promise.
Get out of the boat
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. -Mathew 14:28-29
It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. So if you want to change something about the way you live your faith, you have to get out of your routine. Find a way to step out in faith. Get out of your comfort zone. Rearrange your schedule to allow daily quiet time. Leave earlier for work, so you can stop by that pretty-looking park for a few minutes to pray. Change your routine to reflect your new priorities.
Get plugged in
…encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. -1 Thessalonians 5:11 It’s impossible to live the Christian life in isolation. Community is a must. Therefore, get plugged in. Find a small group or Bible study that works with your schedule. Get to know the people that sit around you in church… actually get to know them beyond their names and who is married to who.
Find a small community of Christians who will celebrate with you during your successes, but also encourage you through your failures. We are not supposed to go at this alone.
Get to work
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. – Isaiah 58:10
Find some way to serve others, whether it be volunteering at Mohm’s place, helping the welcome ministry at church, or scrubbing toilets. Serving others forces us to act on behalf of someone else, making us to see them as God sees them. In other words, getting in the habit of serving others changes how we see the world, which also changes how we see God. There is something amazing about seeing God use an imperfect, flawed person like myself to bless someone else. “If God can use ME for THAT, then… wow!” Serving others changes your heart.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. … -Jeremiah 33:3
Often our culture treats prayer like a last resort… or a hopeless endeavor. Prayer is far from hopeless or powerless. When you pray, you are speaking with God, himself. You are conversing with one who knows every star and every grain of sand. There is nothing minimal or powerless in that.
In order to maintain a healthy friendship, you have to spend time with your friend. It’s the same with your faith life. If you want to maintain a healthy relationship with God, you have to spend time with Him. So find time to pray. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. Find time for regular prayer, even if it means talking to God through the roof of your car on the way to work.
There you go. Here are the things that have helped me rejuvenate my faith life in the past. I have found that if I stick to these, and commit to adding them to my routine, then God meets me in the effort… rather I stop getting distracted and realize he’s been there the whole time.
So, one more cup of coffee under my belt, and I’m going to jump right in with both feet. How about you?