In a Spiritual Rut?

In a Spiritual Rut?

Could I be in a spiritual rut?  Kathy Coffey’s article, Rising From a Spiritual Rut, in Every Day Catholic, challenged me to consider the possibility as I read this paragraph:

One man vowed on his 50th birthday to do something new each day. Such openness, such a spirit of adventure, challenges us all. Some days it might be a small thing, like flipping to a different radio station or Web site. Others may be major changes, like not vacationing in the same spot we’ve visited for 20 years, or changing jobs.

Society says a woman should not admit this, especially on a public blog, but I am turning 50 this year. Would I consider the challenge to “do something new each day?” That seems a bit extreme. Besides, it seems so self-absorbing. Shouldn’t I be happy and content with the wonderful life God has given me? But then I considered another thought from Kathy’s article:

Self-nurture may seem “selfish,” but we are God’s beloved children. God designed the human mind, soul and body for stimulation, not stagnation.

As I enter my 50th year, God is offering me more. My father died this past year at 94 and I may carry some of his genes for long life. If that’s true, I have 44 more years! Perhaps I need to take this 50th year to try out new things, especially spiritual ones, so I do not grow “stagnant” or find myself in a deep spiritual rut.

Are you in a spiritual rut? Read more of Kathy’s article for specific suggestions for help. Do you have any suggestions for someone who might be in a spiritual rut? Post your helpful suggestions here.

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About the Author

Barbara Baker is Franciscan Media’s Director of marketing, sales and internet. She and her husband work with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Family Life Office at their monthly pre-Cana weekends. Barbara spends too much time with her iPhone.