The View from My Window: Finding Ways to Curb Spiritual Tiredness

The View from My Window: Finding Ways to Curb Spiritual Tiredness


David A. Gilmore

8/15/2017

“But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.”
(Luke 5:15–16)

As I’ve traveled around our wonderful conference visiting with wonderful clergy and laity, one constant I’ve encountered seems to be a spiritual “tiredness.” Many of our churches have been working so hard for so long we have become “tired” of the work, or “tired” of doing the work in the places where Jesus would have gone to do “work.” The people gathering to hear and be healed by Jesus did not meet him in the synagogue. No, these hurting and hungry people gathered in places that were out in the open (read: public). 

When I pause to reflect on my time as a local church pastor, and now a congregational developer, going out with something life-sustaining, heart-warming, and soul-stirring is taxing. And, if we are not careful will open the door for a spiritual malaise to enter. 

If that went by someone, I’m talking about being “tired”!

When we are spiritually tired there may be a tendency to give up too quickly or hang on too long. When we are spiritually tired there may be a tendency for our hearts and minds to close down, while hurtful words, attitudes and actions spew forth. When we are spiritually tired we may be able to see the vision God has set before us, but we lack the strength to walk faithfully into that vision.

Are YOU spiritually tired?

A spiritual practice (“discipline”) I began as a pastor, and have begun to reemploy in my current role is in observing a sabbath. In my prayerful reading and meditations, one of the things that struck me is how Jesus would regularly withdraw to deserted places and pray. I believe Jesus understood the task God had placed before him. I also believe Jesus understood he needed to regularly get away, by himself, to refresh, rejuvenate and refocus on where he was supposed to go . . . what he was supposed to do . . . and among whom he was supposed to do it.

For our pastors and congregations feeling spiritually “tired,” my prayer for you is that you make time to regularly get away for some special time with the Lord. Then come back ready to walk faithfully into the vision God has placed before YOU! 

Shalom!

Stepping away from my window now . . .