Nothing kills motivation like complexity. The few times I have eaten at Cheesecake Factory I have wanted to flee the table as quickly as Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife. The reason was not because there was nothing good on the menu, but because there was too much.
Choice paralysis is a real problem, one that inhibits—not only the enjoyment of eating at a restaurant—but, more importantly, the growth of a lot of Christians.
As we listen to sermons and read blog posts, spiritual opportunities stack up like dishes beside the sink. It does not take long to feel submerged by opportunities. Instead of doing one of the ten Bible reading plans we see on Facebook, we decide to do none at all. The choice is simply too exhausting.
In truth, instead of being told everything we might do, most of us would benefit from being told the next thing to do. Removing choice, not expanding it, is often the best way to maintain spiritual motivation.
In view of this, Cross Training Ministries has devised a spiritual decathlon for the New Year, a carefully ordered set of 10 challenges, one per month, to jump-start hearts and get feet moving in the direction of spiritual maturity. For further instruction, weekly assignments, and additional coaching, you can visit https://www.xtrainingministries.com/thedecathlon.