I went through an interesting exercise today that is worth a larger time investment, but thought I would share the framework of it here anyway, even though it's in draft form.
It comes out of thinking about how we get unstuck, or out of a rut, if you will. When we get stale, bored, uninspired, discouraged, tired, etc., how do we break free of it? Continuing the same exact pattern or routine will most certainly lead to the same result, so some kind of change in behavior or attitude or thinking is required.
Instead of just brainstorming my own ideas, I thought I'd look to the Bible. What I discovered is pretty exciting to me. I shared this with our staff team during our devotional time today and some of our team members made additional contributions which are also included here.
Person Cause of being stuck What they did / God did to get them unstuck
Noah Discouragement with corruption Construction project and a boat ride
Elijah Success Rest and retreat
Jacob Fear Wrestles with God all night
Moses Physical deficiency Throws down his staff
Peter Spiritual Failure Gathers w/friends & preaches his heart out
David Moral failure Fasts and Prays
Joseph Injustice Frees his mind to dream dreams
Joshua Impossible circumstances charges ahead anyway
Josiah Spiritual deprivation Reads the Bible and re-commitment to God
Paul In Jail Sang
Jonah stuck in a fish submission to God
Israelites stuck in the desert die (ok, this one's a little hard to recommend)
I bet there are some cool exercises in here. Food for thought.