Is the honeymoon over?
Matthew 22:36-40 Do you remember how you felt when you first fell in love? How excited you were to see the person, how many thoughts in your head swirled around that special person on a daily basis - what is s(he) doing, do they care about you? Nothing the person asked of you was too much or too hard to do. Isn't that very similar to how you felt when you first got to know God? How many hours did you spent in His word and in prayer? Remember how often you spoke about Him, sharing what you were learning from the Bible, and talking about how much He was blessing your life? Going to church to meet with your Father was a joy, you loved to sing to Him, even though you won't ever win an American Idols competition. Remember how making sacrifices for Him - with time or money - was not a hardship for you. You did it gladly and with great joy. You were in love with the Creator of the universe, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who sits on a throne in unapproachable light. But, just like a couple who've been married for a long time, familiarity creeps in. Your heart doesn't flutter any more when you see your significant other. You'll spend time when it's more convenient for you. As the disappointments in life mount, discontent creeps in and steals your joy. Complaints, instead of thanksgiving, pour from your mouth. You'd rather spend time on your own and do your own thing. What's the point of giving when you don't get anything back in return? You don't need to seek the counsel of your beloved because you've got all the answers and have figured out life. It's the 'same old thing', after all, so you simply co-exist or become like roommates instead of bosom buddies. If we're not careful, then spiritually, the same thing can happen to us. Unless we keep on growing in our walk with God, we let unhappiness instead of faith determine our walk with Him. We open the front door to doubts, fears, pride and independence and let love, perseverance and hope walk out the back door. So how do you get back the love you shared at first? You have to do the things you did at first. Spend special times with the one you love, go on dates and be consistent. On a spiriutal level, Revelations 2:2-5 says, "I know your deeds, your hard work and perseverance...yet, I hold this against you. You have forsaken your first love ... do the things you did at first." What were those 'things' for you? Singing hymns for no reason, going on prayer walks, writing a love letter or having a "date" with God? Don't let the honeymoon be over. We still have eternity to look forward to. What will you do with all that time? May your love for God grow stronger with each passing day. May you fall deeper in love with Him, and love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.