Interest Lost

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to admit that the past two weeks, I really haven’t been interested in much of anything. I’ve had a nasty case of bronchitis and as happens when I’m ill, I just lost interest in anything beyond surviving the cough. I could tell I was much better this morning because my interest in the ministry I love so much returned.

Sometimes, though, a similar lack of interest plagues our spiritual lives. We no longer eagerly enter prayer time or read the Bible. No pastor’s sermon impacts us as we yawn and criticize. Our small group no longer matters to us. Many decide to find a new church. Others drop the activities that formerly satisfied their spiritual lives. Still others leave the church entirely. It’s a sign of a type of spiritual sickness. The antidote, often lies in re-balancing an unbalanced spiritual life, spent mostly in action and very little in solitude. My personality tends to toward action so I understand all too well. And although others think I’m joking, I really did become part of a Benedictine community to protect myself from an unbalanced spiritual life. Yet, there are many days that I pray morning and evening prayers more out of my commitment to my fellow Benedictines than desire to pray, not because I don’t love Jesus but because I can still all too easily spend much more effort on tasks than on resting with Christ. We may think that skipping a few days or weeks of solitude with Christ doesn’t harm anything but our interest does not lie. Sooner or later, our lack of interest tells us something’s up.

About Rev Uch

I'm a United Methodist pastor serving Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I have been here since July 2016. We are thrilled to be back in this area closer to most of our immediate family. In Tampa on a Sunday? Stop by one of our six weekly services. Find out more at www.hydeparkumc.org/worship.
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4 Responses to Interest Lost

  1. Amber says:

    Hence the reason we ALL need accountability… Because we are made to be in community (as you frequently remind me), that community provides the encouragement to keep doing what we know we should do, be it service or spiritual tasks. As we become more fatigued in our Christian lives it is easy yet dangerous to stop being in community. Perhaps that is where it is critical for fellow
    Christians to recognize and act to hold us accountable before we become too cynical, biter

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    • Amber says:

      Or bitter to the point our INTEREST permanently changes.

      Good accountability means not being afraid to upset another or get our own feelings hurt because in that rawness, true feelings can be exposed and expressed and ultimately bring the healing needed to return or even move us forward in our relationship with Christ.

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  2. hi kim. i am needing a retreat at the monastery! how is it going with katie? hope you are doing well and listening to the rhythm of your heart!

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    • Pastor Kim says:

      David,
      You’re so fortunate – St. John’s Abbey is nearby. They have a wonderful guest house for individual retreats and they offer other types of retreats as well. Working with Katie is terrific. I’m making progress in listening to those rhythms but as one of those who is always more ready for action than contemplation, it requires a work of the Holy Spirit! I pray you and your ministry are finding blessing upon blessing from God.

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