I’ve done it. You’ve probably done. In fact, I can confidently say most everyone has, if not everyone literally. Your there, doing what your suppose to do. You know it’s the right thing to do. The thing that will bring you and even those around you the greatest joy. Yet, somehow, It became rote. No longer burned inside you and lit up your day. You’ve just been going through the motions.
Many times when you hear the phrase “Going through the motions” it is usually connected to the thought of your spiritual beliefs. In my case, it would be my Mormon faith. This is not always the case. I’ve found myself going through the motions in my everyday life. Wake up. Make myself a soda stream (I’m attempting to be a bit healthier these days). Feed the cat and dog. Wake up the kids and get schooling started. Some days it feels like it does not mean anything. It feel just *there*.
Have you ever felt that way about your everyday life? Perhaps it’s your job. Or perhaps it’s an exercise routine. You feel stagnate even though what your doing is important. Maybe, just maybe, it is your faith. We can’t leave that one out. So, what can you do when your life becomes just a routine? How can you press that *refresh* button and feel as if your living again?
As always, you can bring up a web search service, such as Google. Many MANY links are available to help you in your individual place. Personally, I used the phrase “what to do when your faith becomes routine” (Minus the quotes) in Google search just to see what I got. One thing stuck out for me. Find a partner. Someone you can help motivate and someone that can hold you accountable. Sometimes just sharing a particular interest or challenge with another is just the thing you need to get back that feeling of accomplishment and joy in the activity you are pursuing.
You see, there is a danger in allowing your life, no matter what area, to become so comfortable it is routine. Even boring! It is vital you tend to each aspect of your life as you would a garden. Different sections and seasons of your life will require not only different amounts of care, but different WAYS of caring for it. Is your marriage feeling like a comfortable old shoe? Are you so used to your spouse sleeping by your side you’ve forgotten to remind them how much you appreciate the fact that they are sleeping by your side? I assure you, this is a dangerous place for a marriage to be. Just as it is dangerous to be going to Sunday Sacrament each and every week, and instead of contemplating your spiritual need for Jesus. Your absolute need for our Father in Heaven, you’ve begun sitting there blankly. We are not talking about the distractions that can occur. Distractions happen. Just pull yourself back to the right focus, and your fine. We are talking about losing that sense of urgency that everyday you need to work on becoming more and more a better YOU.
Going through the motions. Being in a rut. These can be stumbling blocks in all areas of your life. Yes, my faith in Father God and the Church are a driving force in my life. I need to keep my perspective fresh and never fall into the trap of thinking *this* right here and right now is where I need to be. While it’s true we all need to experience things and our current challenges are important, we can never forget the place we truly are aiming for. To be-able to walk beside our Father and Creator.