I continue to find that it does not require much time for me to grow bored of any activity. It’s not that I am A.D.D., but everything comes to an end and repetition takes away from the level of excitement that there once had been when it was still new. Things become predictable and routine, taking away the risk of the mystery.
Fortunately creativity keeps things interesting as you can continue to make up new stuff to do or ways to tweak old things. What does that mean for my relationship with God though. Naturally all things fall apart if not worked at and my relationship with Him is no exception. Becoming bored of the Word or prayer is dangerous and often leads seeking fulfillment in other things, but how do I keep it from getting there? How do you keep the passion alive every day? I started asking these questions over a year ago and found that creativity was essential to stirring up the passion daily or even hourly. It went from being a distant relationship to an active and dynamic love affair with the uncreated one. The more I strived to experience Him in different ways the more thirsty I became for His presence.
Here are some of the things I have done:
- Praying through the Song of Songs (aka Song of Solomon). After listening to the sermon series â€¢ found on the Yearn, Faint, Cry… Podcast.
- Fasted: food, sight, mattress, coffee, sweets; anything that makes life suck a little more and â€¢ makes you run to Him for strength.
- Dance with Him alone. You may feel silly doing it, but it’s awesome!
- Took a seat in the middle of nowhere and just waited for Him to show up.
- Go on a date with Jesus.
- Going back through old journal entries.
- Reading the Word out loud to some epic music
- Prayer walk (or run)
- doodling my prayers
- Drawing pictures in my Bible (good reason by buy one with large margins)
- Turn your prayers into a song
- Asking God silly questions like “Whats your favorite color”?
Ultimately, I can could continue writing this list for hours of all the things that have happened in a year. The little things mean so much to Him and often I know His desire is for us to be still long enough to hold us. It is not common for Christians to go look for God themselves, but in my life it has made all the difference. I will never be content with a second hand relationship.