“Christians who stay still, who don’t go forward, are non-Christian Christians. We don’t know exactly what they are. They are slightly ‘paganized’ Christians: who are there, who stay still and don’t go forward in their Christian lives, who don’t make the Beatitudes bloom in their lives, who don’t do Works of mercy… they are motionless. Excuse me for saying it, but they are like an (embalmed) mummy, a spiritual mummy there. There are Christians who are ‘spiritual mummies,’ motionless, there. They don’t do evil but they don’t do good.” – Pope Francis
The life of discipleship is a journey with many ups and downs. It is often marked more by failure than success. I heard a salesman say once that in sales “winning often looks like losing.” A good sales person is turned down more often than he closes the deal. What characterizes a good sales person in that he perseveres through the failures until he lands a deal. It is the same on the journey of discipleship. Often at the end of the day, I reflect back on how well I loved God and neighbor and I shake my head on how terrible I was! Struggle and failure are not bad, as long as we continue to persevere on our journey of discipleship.
What is really bad is no struggle at all. God has harsh words for those who are stuck in their spiritual journey. “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Rev 3:15-16)”
Do you feel stuck? The answer to becoming unstuck quite simple. Just start loving others. You might not feel like it, you may feel like you are faking it, you will definitely mess up, but soon you will find yourself back on that rollercoaster adventure we call the spiritual life. C.S. Lewis confirms this secret:
“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” – C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity