Two weeks ago, my church has a senior-led spring retreat. As a senior, I got to organize and plan the entire thing with four other friends. It was stressful, but so much fun! One of my (many) responsibilities was to create a quiet time booklet for all the students attending. Since I love writing and design, it was perfect for me.
The theme of the retreat was “Relate.” We chose this because we think that relationships are the biggest part of most teen’s lives. So we concentrated on the four most important: your relationship with God, yourself, parents, and friends. When writing my devotionals, I really wanted to touch on each of those topics but also have a cohesive feel. I struggled for a while with what to write, but God directed me to Romans 12, the perfect chapter since it deals with all of the relationships I just mentioned. For the months of April and May, I’m sharing my quiet time booklet with you and would like to invite you to join me on a journey through Romans 12.
The first devotional will post tomorrow, but first a note on what a quiet time is:
What is a “Quiet Time?” Having a Quiet Time is simply spending time with God. Since we serve a God that sacrificed His only son for our sake, you would think spending time with Him would come naturally, but, because we are sinful, it doesn’t. In fact, it’s pretty easy to push God to the end of our to-do list and prioritize homework, friends, sports, Facebook, and other activities over Him. That’s why it’s important to have a Quiet Time.
Our schedule should revolve around God not God around our schedule. Recently, a friend compared spending time with God to a date within a marriage. I loved that analogy. Just as dates are an important part of a relationship, we also should set apart specific times to spend with God. However, just as dates do not sustain a marriage, neither does only going to church on Sundays or praying for a few seconds before you fall asleep sustain your relationship with God.
It’s important to maintain connection with God throughout the day by praying and reading His word, but it’s equally important to set aside special times, “Quiet Times,” to single-mindedly pursue Him.
These devotionals are not meant to seem like a chore or something you have to read. It’s simply a way to dig deeper into the Bible. This is a chance for you to more closely examine a Biblical perspective on relationships, determine what needs to change in your current relationships, and decide how to take action. I encourage you to use at least skim each one and spend some time in prayer and thought.
Spending time with God is not a set formula, it’s different for each person. Discover what works best for you to enrich your relationship with God and spend time with Him daily. The patterns you set now will help determine the way you live the rest of your life.
I hope these devotionals are refreshing and encouraging to you. My prayer for you is that you don’t forget what you read here, but it will stay in your heart, forever impacting the way you relate to others.