By Donna Hughey

One of the dangers of any relationship is taking the other person for granted. It’s bad enough that we sometimes do this with friends and family but sometimes it happens between believers and God as well.

For instance, do we sometimes approach God out of habit and familiarity instead of reverence and humility? Have some of us become so comfortable with God that our prayers are mundane and repetitive? Have we become so used to hearing the gospel that we no longer look for ways of applying God’s message into our lives?

While there is nothing wrong with having a close, familiar relationship with God, some of us might have wandered into dangerous territory without even realizing it — territories like boredom or passiveness. But there is a way out.

If you find that you’ve taken your faith for granted lately, changing your focus can generally reignite your passion. This usually starts with prayer. Instead of bringing problems and requests before God, why not focus solely on praising him? Spend your prayer time marveling at who he is by only speaking words of adoration. This will remind you of who you’re speaking with.

Read Scripture as if you’re reading it for the first time. Personally, this is something I do quite often. Read the crucifixion story, the Sermon on the Mount, or Paul’s conversion and see it happening in your mind. Live it as you read it and God’s words will practically leap off the pages.

Spend a day doing nothing but serving others. This is simpler than it sounds. For example, hold the door open for someone. Let the person behind you go first. Give others a compliment. Talk to a person who’s sitting alone. The list is endless when it comes to serving others.

Take some time to marvel at God’s creation and stand in awe at what God has done. Look at the clouds. Stare up at the stars. Make a point at looking at the moon. Notice the simple things such as flowers, trees, a newborn baby, puppies, and ants — again, the list is endless when it comes to God’s creation.

Sing God’s praises loud and bold. Instead of just singing the words, listen to what they mean. Music written for God is some of the most beautiful music in the world. Sit back, close your eyes, and listen to words of praise. You might just hear a sermon that was put to music.

But more importantly, talk about Jesus to others. Tell someone your story. We all have one. Let the gratitude for what he’s done for you come out in conversation. Remember who you are — you are a child of the Creator, a follower of the only true God, and a proclaimer of truth. Don’t keep him bottled up inside. Shout it for all to hear. Rejoice in your salvation.

Remember, you belong to the King. And nothing is more passionate than that.

Donna Hughey is an award winning Christian author and columnist. She lives in Crescent City.