Think of who your best friend might be. How frequently do you talk to that person? How important is it to talk to your friend about what's going on in your life? How often do you share with that friend your struggles as well as your joys? How do you see that person shape you, encourage you, and love you?
If you are a believer of Christ, you know that he is that ultimate best friend. You know that you can go to him for anything and everything. One thing that is different though from a friendship here on earth and our relationship with the Lord: God doesn't need us to be his best friend, but we so desperately need him! He is all-sufficient. He loves us and encourages us. When we fail "[But] he gives more grace." James 4:6a. Most importantly he changes us!
Now ask those questions again and put God as your best friend. If you are truly seeking a life change you know that time with God in prayer and in His word is important. How do you manage a healthy, growing walk with the Lord in the midst of the busy routine of the school year?
There are a few helpful things I've learned as I began my intentional walk with the Lord and continue to learn as life seems to just get busier.
- If you are someone who creates a to do list for the day, add time with Jesus in there!
- If you don't create lists, maybe now is the time to start. If your day is so busy, lists help you time manage your tasks better and help you to stay focus in completing them.
- Start in the mornings! I know a lot of you are thinking, "But I'm not a morning person". Give it a chance. Start by just waking up fifteen minutes earlier then you are used to. Your brain is more refreshed and focused in the morning. You don't have an entire day of events that happened that distract you from focusing on your time with the Lord. Also, Jesus did it! "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed." Mark 1:35. Which brings me to my next point.
- Pray. Time in prayer helps you to focus your mind on things above. If you don't have time for anything else in the morning, at least pray.
- Now if you just absolutely cannot do it in the morning that's fine! Just find a time. Maybe during lunch. Maybe on your commute to ballet, to and from school, or even right before bed.
Now what does your time with Jesus look like?
Anything that involves communicating to God or God communicating to you. A time of learning his words and knowing God more. You can devote a large time to prayer. You can also open your bible to any book of the bible and read through chapter by chapter taking notes. Asking yourself questions. You can even chose a verse that maybe stood out to you and memorize/mediate on it through out the day. The more you know God's words the more you know Him!
Don't end your time with just that time slot you've "assigned to God". You become what you spend most of your time doing. The more you focus on the Lord the more you will grow to become more like Him! God is always available to talk to, "pray without ceasing," 1 Thess. 5:17.
Last note to share, accountability is key! I have a few friends, some near, some far, who make sure I stay along the path walking with the Lord and growing in Him. Partner up with that best friend you thought of at the beginning and ask each other how your times with God have been going. Ask more specifically for them to text you reminders to do it.
Ms. Brette Benedict is a Company Artist with Ballet 5:8.