Summary: How to keep from losing your zeal and purpose in what God has called you to do.
I love to read...and anytime I travel or am out anywhere I always carry something with me to read. It helps pass the time quickly.
On one such occasion I found myself without anything to read and began to search the car for anything to pass the time with.
I got the vehicle manuel out (out of sheer boredom) and began thumbing through it. I came across the phrase "Highway Hypnosis" and my interested peaked.
I had never heard of this term before.
Have you ever been driving somewhere and suddenly you don’t remember how you got where you were or you don’t remember passing certain familiar landmarks? That is Highway Hypnosis.
I felt the Spirit leading me to begin to search for more information concerning this term.
Highway Hypnosis is caused by the sameness of the road and traffic. The hum of the wind, tires and engine also adds to the hypnosis. Highway hypnosis can make you feel sleepy and unaware of the traffic around you.
Have you ever felt like your spiritual life has developed into the "same ole, same ole." You know your on the right road, but the journey has just become monotonous.
Highway Hypnosis happens while reviewing memories of the past or pondering the future...one slips into a trance. (taken from www.borg.com/~hypnosis-facts.html)
The light conditions and resulting eye fatigue make us prime candidates for Highway Hypnosis...a semi alert state! (from www.talkcity.com/autoonramp/carcrazy/contents/TimColumn/TimMoser9.html)
Highway Hypnosis can sneak up on you. Highway Hypnosis is the drowsiness caused by lack of visual and physical stimulation while riding.
Highway Hypnosis usually creeps up on you when you have been driving on an expressway or long straight road for several hours. It can lead to you becoming a "spectator" instead of a driver and things just seem to "float by". Or it can send you to sleep.
As the church goes...so goes the world. You can always tell the condition of the church by the condition of the world.
To Guard Against Highway Hypnosis: (taken from hypnosis facts.html)
1)Don’t eat a heavy meal before you set out.
Have you ever ate a heavy meal at lunch and got so sleep afterwards?
We have ate of God’s goodness, now we are full and sleepy!
John 4:32-34 "But Jesus assured the disciples, "I have food (nourishment) to eat of which you know nothing or have no idea.
Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work."
2) Keep the car temperature cool with plenty of fresh air.
Acts 3:19 "So repent(change your mind and purpose); turn around and return to God, that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air)may come from the presence of the Lord. (Amplified)
Have you ever noticed that the one church service you
miss is the very one that the God seems to send the refreshing wind in on?
Seek out events, conventions, etc., that can refresh you. Especially if you’re always giving out.