With life slowing down, almost to a halt, we have been thrown out of our normal routine and forced to explore our hobbies and interests… and basically anything that will entertain us. In the beginning, I was struggling greatly to stay productive, and keep my priorities straight. As I was face-timing my discipleship partner, I shared these struggles with her and she responded by saying, “I agree, and I’ve struggled here too, but it’s so convicting because I’ve realized: God shouldn’t just be our routine.”
Talk about convicting.
She is so right.
I was doing SO GOOD reading my bible consistently before the virus!! I had an accountability partner who either met me at Starbucks EVERY day before class, or asked me if I had done my quiet time that day. Knowing that this would happen, I was studying my Bible every day!! But being thrown out of our routine, we couldn’t go to Starbucks, and keeping one another accountable kind of slipped our minds- and man, did it show!!
I’ve realized that when there is nothing to be done, our priorities are put to the test.
It’s so easy to focus only on schoolwork, catch up on TV shows, work around the house, and redesign you blog page (ME!)… and then get to the end of the day, feeling rather productive, but realizing that the thing that should be first on your list, you never got around to.
Spending time with God should be a part of who we are, as Christians. It should be second nature to talk to him, go to the Word, both out of discipline, and for guidance and peace, and continue being in community, even though it may look a bit different in times like this.
Is your relationship with God just part of your routine? Do you have your priorities straight during this pandemic? I want to encourage you, if you haven’t already: make God your priority! Set practical goals for yourself every day to help you accomplish this!
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”