In the classic Dr. Suess book "Oh the Places You'll Go," there is a page about being in a slump. A slump is a lack of energy, a low spot in life and Dr. Suess tells us wisely that "unslumping yourself is not easily done."
Some of us, because of COVID, kind of got into a slump. We may have stopped exercising and got into a physical slump. Maybe we stopped seeing our friends and got into a social slump. Maybe we stopped attending church or Bible study and got into a spiritual slump. Now, you might be wanting to get back into those activities; but you find that Dr. Suess was right and it's hard to get out of that slump.
So what can you do to shake the dust off and find your passion again? Here are a few tips.
1. Accountability: At the heartbeat of the early Methodist movement under John Wesley was accountability. He put people in groups that met regularly and each meeting was supposed to include asking each other pointed questions to make sure they were doing the things they had committed to do. This accountability kept people on track with their goals toward holiness. Do you have someone in your life that can help hold you accountable to your goals? Can you help someone else?
2. Do something: sometimes the goal of losing 20 pounds or running the Mini-marathon can seem overwhelming...so set smaller goals that you can do. Instead of trying to lose all the COVID weight, just lose 2 pounds. Instead of trying to read the whole Bible, read one book.
3. Find your passion: it's harder to do things you don't care about; so find something you do care about. Find that mission or ministry or program that you love and volunteer...it will give you that extra motivation to get out of that slump
Are you ready to get off the couch and back into the game? Use these tips plus the power of the Holy Spirit to help you find the motivation to unslump yourself.
Good luck and God bless,