I don’t know what happened. Completely tapped out, my season of incredible creativity turned. Suddenly, I have nothing left to give. Have you been there, got the t-shirt and later sold it at a yard sale? Many times I have found myself in this place. I usually recognize it when I finally have some free time and don’t know what to do. There is no promise of inspiration in these times. What to do now? Here’s my approach.
1. Be faithful – No matter what I do, I remind myself that I need to continue looking to God and following. Even when I am not inspired (or particularly inspiring), I can still be obedient in my call and work.
2. Do nothing – When I find myself here, it is often because I have been doing too much. I need some time to rest, think, remember, meditate, be indwelled, be enriched in the presence of Jesus. My best practice is to find a quiet spot of nature and let it speak to me. I’m not a spiritualist by any means, but I grew up surrounded by nature. It tells me things deep inside that I need to hear.
3. Confess – I always underestimate the power of confession. Sometimes the best thing I can do is just tell someone that I am feeling empty and alone. Never has this been fruitless.
4. Ask for help – I am a horrid example of this. Sometimes, I just need someone to encourage me, or confront me, or kick my butt. Honest friendship is a resource beyond most practices. It doesn’t wait for me to ask, but it is always beter when I do.
How do you defeat a dry spirit?