Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Calling All Readers! Broken Switch Alert!
Sunday I posted about how sometimes we "turn off" the Spirit without even realizing it, and find ourselves needing to "turn it back on". When I wrote this (here) I had no idea that the next day would be a brutal day. Yesterday was terrible, filled with frustrating problems, contention, and a constant barrage of phone calls that I didn't want. I got home stressed, tired...and completely devoid of the Spirit. Just in time for dinner and FHE. Exactly the circumstance that I had warned about on Sunday. And from the comments, I was not alone!
'Tis humbling. Sometimes life just throws a big pie right at your face.
Yesterday, there were quite a few good comments on the "Switch" post, but one stood out to me. It was written by a wonderfully bright young lady who goes by Michemily. She asked:
"But when I really am trying to feel the Spirit and I feel like I've done everything to turn the switch on and it just isn't happening, then what? I'm not sure . . ."
That's the next thing to talk about, right? First we need to realize that we are missing the companionship of the Holy Ghost, then we need to invite him back. And it is not always easy to do either part. We have all been there. How do you turn the switch back on, once you've discovered that it is off?
Last night I kept thinking about MIchemily's question, and how I would respond. I have narrowed it down to a few specific ideas. But, I know that this is a very individual process - what works for me might not work for you. So instead of just launching into what I think, I am asking all of you, my wise, attractive readers, to make this a group effort.
REQUEST: Please take a few minutes and think about how you would answer Michemily's question. What has worked for you? Why? Please post it in the comments, or email it to me and I will add it to the end of this post. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After you have had some time to contribute, I will steal the best ideas and claim them as my own. Just kidding, I will add my thoughts as well. This has the potential to be wonderful, and could help all of us. (Michemily: Thanks for your insightful question. I hope you don't mind!)
Here's to a better Tuesday...