I guess Spiritual Stillness can be interpreted as a good thing. Being still, meditating, listening for the voice of God.
But I mean it in a negative way, as Spiritual stagnation. When we don’t grow. When we stay still and do… nothing. Or when pastors get “bored” in their settings.
It also happens when pastors ignore their own spiritual needs. When pastors decide to play savior or Superman and start ignoring their own needs in order to help others. It’s almost like, “I’m sacrificing my needs to help you!” and implying that we are great pastors because we do this.
And so often we find ourselves in this pit. In a rut. In the trenches, with no way out. In a dark cave with no light and sense of direction. And we wonder, how did we get here? We begin to, maybe, look at other churches and thinking a new change in scenery might do our souls good. Or we begin to use the phrase, “burned out.” Perhaps we take out our frustrations on those who don’t deserve it, church leaders, family members, friends. Or, as many pastors do, just suck it up and go through the motion. We preach about being spiritually fit, when on the inside, we pray that they will listen to what we say and not we do nor feel. We put on that mask that every Christian is good at wearing, and pretend that all is well. We teach about faith when ours is all but gone.
Why is this such a common thing for pastors?
Why are many of us so good at taking care of others, but not ourselves?
What are somethings that we can do to make sure that we are not spiritually stagnant?