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Knock Yourself Off Rhythm

Recently, I wrote about a caveat I give to people who ask me about the mechanics of my relationship with God:

You need to find your own rhythm with God.

Today, I want to give one caveat to my caveat:

It’s good to occasionally knock yourself off rhythm.

Athletic trainers will often tell you that you need to shock your body by varying up your training regimen. Otherwise, your body will get stuck in a rut and your gains will be minimized, even though you’re still working hard.

In the same way, I think it’s good to occasionally shock your spiritual system by doing something outside your rhythm, engaging in a spiritual practice that’s unfamiliar to you or simply varies up the routine you’re accustomed to.

If you’ve been in the New Testament for a while, spend some time going through the prophets. If you love free-form prayer, try praying according to a pre-set structure or maybe even write out your prayers.


Spend 24 hours in silence.

Read the Bible in 90 days.

Study one word of a verse per day.

You get the idea.

Find the God-given rhythm that works for you.

But don’t let that rhythm become a dull drumbeat of predictability.

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Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Church meets at eight locations in the Charlotte area, as well as one location in Toronto, Canada. The church has been named one of the Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years.