: By Linda Justice
We’ve all seen it—a husband and wife seated across each other at a restaurant—their glazed eyes never meet and they say nothing. It’s a sad, even heartbreaking sight. Where they once delighted in each other, now they feel indifference. I’ve promised myself that I would never let that happen in my marriage—or my relationship with Jesus—but it did.
Recently, I went through a series of losses, job changes, relational brokenness, and weariness. Nothing seemed to be working. I was disappointed in the church, my circumstances, myself, and ultimately God. The disappointment grew into disillusionment and the delight I had in Him faded.
It doesn’t take any effort to get into a rut—just keep doing the same things over and over. Don’t deviate from the norm. Stay away from creativity. And, most importantly, take the relationship for granted.
Relationships suffer when the dynamics are stifled by the same old routine day after day—especially the same old damaging through patterns. My walk with God mirrored the church at Ephesus. They were hard working, discerning, and persevering, but they had lost their first love. Jesus told them to remember, repent, and do the deeds they did at first (Rev. 2:2-5).
Here are some first-love ideas to rekindle the fire.
If you feel like the distant couple at dinner who barely say a word to one another, take heart. It’s easy to fall into a rut, but with a little effort and some changes to your routine, you’ll find yourself delighting in the company—and the Word—once again.
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