There is a LOT we face on a daily basis, and it can all get to be a bit monotonous, right? You get up, get ready for work, work long hours, cook dinner, try to spend some time with family and maybe squeeze in a few minutes to workout, relax, or spend some time in the Word. Suddenly, it's time to go to sleep again and repeat the whole entire process! Day after day the routine is the same. Instead of waking up feeling rejuvenated and excited at what the day holds for you, you find yourself feeling rather...meh. Well, you're not alone!
Our modern weekdays can often feel like a predictable pattern with little room for anything exciting or worthwhile. Well, we're here to say that we've been there, and yes, it is possible to move past that apathetic slump and infuse some meaning and excitement into your routine—with the help of Jesus, of course! Whether you realize it or not, each day has been intricately made and prepared by the Father, and every minute of your time is a precious gift from God.
We're sharing 3 ways to kick apathy to the curb (with passages of Scripture included)! These passages have motivated us to lead with intention and wake up on the right side of the bed, ready to partner with Jesus for the day ahead.
1. When In Doubt, Add a Little Structure
"Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." ~ Ephesians 5:16
This verse is short and sweet, but cuts right to the chase! Our time here on earth is extremely precious. Of course, the enemy will try to convince us otherwise, but in reality, we've been blessed with time—time to enjoy God's creation, time to make our greatest impact, time to revel in all the good things He has for us. Like Paul says, our days are evil. Meaning, they slip away fast! Have you noticed this as you've gotten older? It seems with each passing year, time just flies by faster and faster. This verse is a great wakeup call for us to make the most of our time, and sometimes the best way to do that is by adding a little structure to our day.
Whenever we add the teensiest amount of structure to our day, it makes a tremendous difference! Having that morning rhythm is crucial, especially when it comes to appreciating a new day. We like to get up at the same time each morning, brew our cup of coffee, and open up Scripture. Spending a few moments alone with Jesus is so special. We find that when we start the day with a few intentional actions, we lead the day with a brighter, more hopeful attitude. We're more in tune with our work, with the Holy Spirit, and more aware of what our bodies need, too!
2. Reconnect With Your Mission
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” ~ Hebrews 12:1
Another way we'd like to label this section is, set those goals! There's no room for boredom with this verse at the forefront of our day. We encourage you to place little motivational reminders of Scripture in places you look often. Think your phone wallpaper, sticky notes on your laptop or water bottle, or even on your mirror or steering wheel! This verse is a great reminder of our mission in life, our why. As Christians, we understand that every day is just a small piece of something so much bigger, and we get to play a part in God's plans, which is pretty awesome.
Sometimes, the best way to add a little vibrancy into your daily routine is to go deep into Scripture and seeking out who God is and who He made us to be. Think Psalm 139. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” We worship a God who is with us, and knows us intimately. You are known and loved beyond all measure. That's the kind of peppy reminder we need to get through that afternoon slump!
3. Service Is the Answer
"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” ~ Proverbs 11:25
It's so easy to get wrapped up in our own little world that we lose sight of the bigger picture, or more specifically, we don't pay attention to those around us. Chances are, there are other people in your daily life who are hurting, too. This is your friendly reminder to not only go inward in your journey, but to go outward, too. Yes, spend time in Scripture and seek out God's truth, but also, go do something out in the world! Channel James 1:22, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
When we use our God-given gifts and abilities to serve others, not only are we blessing other people, but something changes within us, too. We, the givers, are refreshed, just as the Proverbs verse states. We're doing exactly what God intended us to do, and we're rewarded for that. How cool is that? The next time you're feeling meh about the week ahead, find ways to serve your local community. This could be super simple, like taking a friend out to coffee, serving your local church, or volunteering at a local nonprofit. You'll be amazed at how refreshed you will feel! Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to get out of our own head and go out in the world.
Reconnect With What Matters
Keep in mind, there is absolutely zero guilt for being in a funk! All of us encounter seasons of doubt, apathy, and spiritual "dryness." However you're feeling right now, we hope these options provide that assurance that you're not alone, and it's okay to not be okay sometimes. We encourage you to be honest with God and with others in how you're feeling. Know we're always here for you, and if you're looking for an outlet to connect with other Christians, check out our VIP Facebook Group. Women from all corners of the globe come together to pray, praise, and uplift. Of course, you can always check out our Christian apparel, too! We're pretty partial, but we love how our shirts and hoodies serve as important reminders of God's love for us.