Rut. Can one be in a discipline rut?
I find that I am not getting up early enough to read the devotional book that I use, the scripture that goes with it, or to pray.
I'm not in a class, I'm not teaching a class, and I'm not volunteering to teach Sunday school very often. The past two times I have taught, it's been an annual conference report -- not something that required study on my part.
I'm reading two books, and one of them is actually good, but I don't seem interested enough to pick either of them up to read them.
I am still writing for the blog, which I think is a discipline, but without devotions, study or reading, I don't feel like I'm doing a very good job at this, either.
What do you do when you feel like you are in a discipline rut? How do I motivate myself to get up earlier, to read, to study, to pray? I know myself, and I know that if I am interested enough, and feel like it is important enough, I'll make time for it, whatever it is.
Does a life of spiritual discipline have natural dips and crests? Should I expect this? Or should I worry? Do I force it to happen, or do I just wait in this time of quiet?
Are ruts to be expected or to be fought against? Both? Neither?
Image: Altar from opening worship of the School of Christian Mission