Have you ever had an idea that you were just so excited about? An idea that you know without a doubt is a God-inspired idea. An idea that you know is good and you know could make a difference and help people.
You have this idea, and you’re so excited about it. Maybe you share it with some people and let them in on your plans.
You’re rearing and ready to go. And then, all of a sudden, with no warning, you lose steam. You lose motivation. The idea and all your plans fall to the wayside, and slowly you forget about it.
All the passion and motivation and excitement — all gone. All that’s left is regret and a vague hope that the passion returns.
Has this ever happened to you? It has for me.
I’ve lost motivation and passion for ideas, for projects, jobs, positions, and, most embarrassing, my relationship with God.
I can go long stretches where I’m totally on fire for God. I’m passionate and in full pursuit of Him and His Word. I connect with God so easily, and worship is always great. I always find good things in His Word. And generally, everything is great.
But then all of a sudden, I lose my passion. I lose my motivation to read the Word. I lose my motivation to pray and worship God. And slowly, I feel myself slipping away from a passionate and true relationship with Christ.
Let’s be honest, have you ever done that?
When we lose our passion and motivation for something, it just seems like it’s so much harder to get it back then it was to first receive it.
We know what we need to do, but we just don’t. And isn’t that a shame? I mean really, think about it.
Whether we’re talking about an idea or your relationship with God, both are such a shame to lose. Why? Because not only are you missing out, but so are the people you will affect and influence.
Your awesome idea could change the life of hundreds. Your relationship with Christ and your passion for Him and your obedience could mean salvation for the people you come into contact with.
Your life and what you do with it is important. You are not a waste of space, and you do have purpose. God created everyone with a purpose and He has a plan for each of them. He’s just simply asking for obedience so He can work it out.
So what are you doing? If you’ve lost your passion or motivation in any capacity, do you plan to take it back?
If you haven’t already, this is your call to action. God wants you to pursue His heart again. He wants you to be consumed by Him again. He desires to spend time with you and bring you all good and perfect things. He desires to give you gifts, and to fill you with peace and joy. He desires to use you.
It simply takes your yes. Your obedience.
Will you answer?
Today, I encourage you to jump back on the horse. If you can only take one small step, that’s progress. Any amount of progress is pleasing to the Lord.
And remember to leave shame behind. Shame is a shackle of the enemy, and we no longer have to carry it with us. We have forgiveness under the blood.
So today, walk forward in victory. Delve back into your Bible, start your prayer time again, and find time to worship Him. Pick that idea back up and begin to work on it again.
Find your passion again. Find your motivation again. And walk forward. You’ve got this!
Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license.
An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life.
Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her.
You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige