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Complete this phrase: “Familiarity breeds …”. It’s true that we tend to become immune to that which we are exposed to repeatedly. For many of us, that presents a challenge when it comes to the gospels. We hear Jesus’ teaching and his miracles but we find our conviction “he’s alive!” Dribbling down .. Like cold ….. Yesterday’s … John Ortberg calls this “spiritual habituation”.
Annette Osborne gave us a great antidote to this ailment: Practise an attitude of gratitude. Regularly thank God for his many blessings – stick up post-it notes around your home, car and office to remind you what God has done. Beat the winter blues with a dose of praise!
Secondly, notice the people around you – not just as pedestrians or waiters or whatever – but as people. Jesus saw that people were harassed and helpless and in need of spiritual leadership. What do you see?
And thirdly, listen to that “still, small voice” then – guess what? Don’t ignore it! Step out in obedience. These are just 3 practices that faithfully applied will change your life – and touch the lives of those around you too.