October 17, 2023
Winning the battle over apathy.
"Stir up the gift of God which is in you." 2Ti 1:6 NKJV
Paul told Timothy, "Stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands." That Scripture means, even though you're gifted, you can become apathetic if you don't keep doing the right things. "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away" (Heb 2:1 NKJV). The word "drift" is not only slow and subtle, it's deadly. Let's look at two of the things that can rob you of your passion, enthusiasm, motivation, and focus.
(1) Lack of goals. "Without a vision the people perish" (See Pr 29:18). What used to enthuse you? What destroyed your interest in it? Is it a desire you could revive? Put it down in writing. Ignore the potential cost or reasons it might not work. Just indulge your mind in the luxury of feeling optimistic and excited about something, even a small thing.
(2) Wrong goals. Are you pursuing a goal you feel was imposed upon you by someone else? Or like Jonah before he was swallowed by the whale, possibly you're rowing against the tide of God's will for your life. Check with Him and see if this is so. Did God really lead you to pamper yourself in that extravagant item that's now requiring you to work two jobs? Or maybe the time has come to an end for a goal that was part of God's plan for a specific season of your life.
Moving on is sometimes difficult, but oh, the joy and peace of knowing that you are in the center of God's perfect will!