Are You Suffering a “Joy” Deficit?
Have you, like Litton, noticed a “deficit of joy” in your own life? He recalls the unexpected death of his sister and how he realized the emptiness of his pursuits for “success.” Just as unfulfilling were what he describes as the chains of religiosity – religion for religion’s sake. That profound moment of grief caused him to realize how shackled he had become to a way of life he describes as “unholy inertia.” Inertia, of course, is the natural reluctance of anything to change course on its own. He saw widespread spiritual malaise in the church, too. As a result, Matt began to re-examine his faith in search of what Jesus calls “life to the fullest.” Heeding the Lord’s call to “come forth” can release us from our self-imposed captivity.