The Bible offers some insight into what happens in long relationships or steady unchanging career paths when habitual patterns of thinking and acting sometimes take over. Duty replaces joyful activity, spontaneous acts of attention begin to suffocate under the daily grind, and what we once fiercely loved can become a trial of our patience and an endurance test.
Kindly, John doesn’t leave them to flounder under the warning. He also delivers some sage advice. He says, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works.” (Revelation 2:5) Here, passion is linked to vision, and true vision involves inspiration. When we recapture the inspiration that initiated and spurred on a good idea or relationship, we have reconnected with the eternal flame – the first love that restores joy and purpose. Furthermore, when we let our actions spring from the inspiration of a renewed vision, this can act like a fan drawing on a spark until the full blaze is restored. Find the inspiration and you find the reason for being. Express the inspiration by doing the “first works” and you share a fresh and passionate fire with a waiting world.
One of my issues concerned the subject of spirituality. This was clearly a big part of my life. For him? Not so much. I was the church goer, he worked on Sundays. I was spiritually hungry - a genuine seeker. He seemed to have no spiritual curiosity whatsoever. So I asked God, “After ten years together, are we really on completely different life paths? Is there anything that we can do to bring these two different tracks together?”
I had been thinking that if only my husband would change, or admit to himself that he was spiritual, we could rediscover our bond. But I suddenly realized it didn’t depend on him at all. He wasn’t the one thinking he wasn’t very spiritual. I was the one! Looking carefully at that statement from Science and Health, I saw that if I admitted to myself that my husband was God’s own likeness, this would set us both free to master the infinite possibilities of our marriage!
I took up daily prayer to watch for, and be a witness to, my husband’s spirituality, and I began to notice so many of his spiritual qualities. Marriage, to me, became a full-on commitment to witnessing to the best in one another. I discovered that the passion I had been seeking was present in direct proportion to my prayers and spiritual witnessing. Our life together was once again full of joy and inspiration. I never said a word to him about this prayer and spiritual renewal, because my struggles on the subject were between me and God. But he noted that the marriage was better than ever and he was right!
Prayer isn’t just last minute emergency life-support. Prayer can be a permanent life-link to a passionate expression of Life, God. If you are looking for more passion in your life, I highly recommend a daily regimen of prayer that opens you to see more of the divine expressed in and around you. The admission to yourself that you and those in your midst are God’s own likeness, can set you free to live a truly inspired life – aflame with divine Love.
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