A trigger starts the firing sequence of a well established pattern of thought and/or behavior. The question I pose here is, “what are your triggers toward God?”
When asked about triggers toward sin: triggers toward pornography or other forms of sexual sin, triggers toward the abuse of alcohol, or triggers toward numerous other forms of wrong behavior most of us can provide a very long list.
But when asked to identify our triggers toward God the list becomes much shorter.
A trigger toward God does not include spiritual disciplines. These triggers are visual, thought, or emotional triggers that start an established pattern of thought and behavior toward God. It could the the trigger that causes us to enact on a spiritual discipline but it is not the discipline itself.
Generally the death of a loved one triggers us toward God. Also for some, certain life situations will cause us to pray or attend a church service, but when the situation is resolved, we stop attending church. So that certain situation or similar situations could be a trigger toward God.
I encourage you to write two lists:
- 1st write a list of your triggers toward sin—in this list include the behavior that typically follows the trigger.
- 2nd write a list of your triggers toward God—in this list include the behavior that typically follows the trigger.
After you write your list I then encourage you to begin a transition of allowing your triggers toward sin to become triggers toward God. Could it be that the many triggers we have in life could actually be designed to encourage a relationship with God but instead we have thwarted the God given design of triggers?