“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV)
In high school, I created this habit that I’d meet with God every morning. For several years, this habit was just part of my life. Then I graduated high school and suddenly I couldn’t spend as much time in my Bible as I wanted.
I had early morning classes I attended. So for one whole semester, my Jesus-time habit was sort of hit or miss. Even though I still spent time with God more often than not, I missed it.
It’s a lot like writing. When I don’t put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard regularly, the nouns and verbs bouncing around in my brain become congealed like thick syrup. The more time that passes, the harder it is to make that sticky stuff flow.
But when I stretch my writing muscles, they strengthen. They grow. When I am diligent about being faithful to the art of writing, I see steady improvement. The more I write, the more easily come the words.
It‘s the same with my faith muscles. When I pray, I know the heart of God better during the day. When I open my Bible and see it as the light for my path, I’m more equipped when the way grows dark.
As I head back to school, with crazy schedules, heavy responsibilities, and the pressures of meeting expectations threaten that treasured time I spend with God. But this fall, I don’t want to settle for the hit or miss time with God.
It takes thirty days to make a habit. Will you commit with me to making a habit of meeting with God everyday with me?
Dear God, school starts back soon. I want my life this school year to reflect You and I know I can’t do that without Your help, so right here, right now, I commit to spending time each day with You. Thank You for the privilege it is to come before Your throne. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Write down your commitment and make it as detailed as you can, including a time and place. For example, mine reads: I will meet with God every morning right after I get up in my bedroom.
Do you have a consistent quiet time? If so, encourage your sisters in Christ by sharing in the comments what makes making-time-for-God work for you. If you don’t, you can share the commitment you’ve made.