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Relevance Revived

We’ve all been there.

Well, at least I have.

Spiritually static. It’s a state of mind and spirit that’s dull. It causes me to sleepwalk: I go through the motions but I’m not making any connections. The switch is wide open.

It’s a dangerous place.

Oh, it seems innocuous enough. Life plods along at a normal pace. Church, when we go, is pleasant. Nothing’s really wrong.

But it’s this place of disconnect that we fall into a deadly trap. We complacently walk right into the net and get hung in irrelevance.

And here, scripture is old and dusty, or difficult to understand, or rather mythical and odd.

And here, Jesus was a good man, a kind soul, the guy who started Christmas and Easter.

And here, our spiritual thoughts become ingrown. We don’t study the Bible; we don’t meet with people who challenge us and make us better, more aware humans; we may occasionally read the Psalms or Proverbs…maybe something out of Philippians, but we don’t dig for treasures of truth.

Here, we like to feel good about being a Christian.

But when we are caught and this Christianity thing becomes irrelevant, we find ourselves in myriad trouble: wrong thinking, judging others, selfishness, conflict, over-indulgence, irritability, anger, jealousy–all proof of an ingrown life trapped.

And God seems far away. And prayer becomes an option. Jesus becomes irrelevant. And love atrophies.

But we never are irrelevant to God. His creation continually lodged at the apple of his eye demands his attention.

He never grows bored with us or gives up.

He is always interested in us.

How to we avoid this vacuous spiritual trap that keeps us from such a faithful God?

My personal philosophy goes like this:

When I start to physically feel “off”, achy in my back and listless, the red flags fly. I need to get active. So, as much as I have to drag my tail out of bed and dig in the back of the closet for a pair of sneakers, even if the weather forecast makes me want to drink cup after cup of coffee while wearing pajamas, I force myself to exercise. A walk around the block at the very least.

I feel muscles. I breathe deeply.

Before I know it, I’m sucking in oxygen like I’m starved for it. I’m noticing birdsong and the taste of the air, I remember the beauty of the season and the fascinating world we live in. I’m awake, alive, inspired.

When we confront our spiritual flabbiness and malaise with an energetic burst, we remember that working out our spiritual muscles and inhaling truth is vital to every other aspect of our lives. We remember joy. We remember community. We remember purpose.

And here we have peace. We’re happier with less. We enjoy people. God’s work fits with our daily lives, active, breathing and relevant.

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The trap of relevance is padded with isolation, busy-ness and justification. It’s tough to break out. If you’re there, start kicking at your trappings, push aside the distractions and actively jump into Jesus again.

“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. You, my friends, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”{Galations 5:7-8,13,14}

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2 Comments

  1. Wow, Alyssa! Relevance must be a topic near and dear to your heart. Beautiful writing, fabulous points… how to life a life that is relevant, to bring us to a future that is relevant.

    Found your post because you were the link before me at Gypsy-mama’s 5 Minute Friday. I’m so glad I did. Thanks for sharing and for challening.

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