In the summer of 2009, Staples created a witty back to school shopping advertisement. This commercial compared children going back to school to the most wonderful time of year for adults. Using a Christmas carol, parents are jubilantly placing school supplies into a shopping cart while both kids are dazed and depressed. From time to time, everyone needs comic relief to bring laughter and joy into your life.
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins,” Isaiah 43:25.
When it comes to the spiritual realm, you need more than a funny show to snap you out of a spiritual funk. This unhealthy state usually begins with distractions from the world, preoccupation with other priorities and simply forgetting to invite God into your daily life. Those that continue down this road, allowing busyness to take over will begin to experience the early stages of spiritual amnesia. Symptoms include memory loss in terms of biblical application, failing to pray, a tendency to forget to read the Bible and lost desire to attend church weekly.
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more,” Hebrews 8:12.
The only known cure to spiritual amnesia is confession. According to the Old and New Testament of the Bible, God pours out his grace, mercy and forgiveness to those who acknowledge their shortcomings. Unfortunately, the hardest part of spiritual amnesia is breaking free from its numbing powers. In my younger years, I went off to a retreat to revive my soul. Yet, as an adult with a busy schedule, you have to search harder than ever to find opportunities to regain spiritual momentum. Although recovery does not happen overnight, if you seek God like the persistent widow, Luke 18:1-8, your faith will be restored.
by Jay Mankus