Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4 ESV
Coming to church and singing songs and kneeling before the throne of God in worship and adoration becomes a difficult task when life is yelling in your ear and telling you to give up. Praising God in times of adversity is a struggle for all of us and counting our trials as joy is often the last thing we want to do. The sheer number of lament Psalms tell us that worshipping through the struggles has been and still is a universal problem in Christianity.
But what about the times where life is just kind of okay? What do you do when your circumstances aren’t so good but simultaneously not so bad? How do you get out of a spiritual rut?
One of the most beautiful things about being a follower of Christ is this thing we call Church. It’s a family; it’s a community; it’s a support network; and it’s a group of changed and passionate people who will do whatever it takes to kick you in the pants and get you excited about worshipping God again. We are all imperfect human beings and we all have stories. Each of us have had ups and downs and those awkward in-betweens.
So what do you do when you’re stuck in a hole that’s just deep enough to keep you trapped? Yell really loudly for the family that God has given you. They’ll pull you out and sit next to you on Sunday mornings. They’ll share parts of their life with you and how God has worked in the not so bad, but not so good. God will use them to give you the jump start you need to get excited and to reignite your passion for worship.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:23-25
Patrick Shay, Director of Worship Ministries