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When was the last time you stopped and just sat quietly, listening for what God has to tell you? That’s what these are for — to give you a chance to take a quiet moment each day.
- “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” - Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
- Do you have FOMO? Fear of Missing Out, they call it. Is it fear of missing something, or really fear of being on the outside? If I look at Instagram for one more hour then I’ll see everything. If I never turn off Spotify then I’ll hear everything. If I watch a few more stories on Snapchat then I’ll know everything. But things happen so quickly these days that everything is impossible. We are constantly all day long doing things, even when we are doing “nothing” - our nothing is filled with noise and action.
So what does it mean to be still? It means we really put downs our phones and turn off the TV and really just stop, wait, and pay attention to what God has to tell us. Sometimes it’s a voice we hear, but more often than not it is just a feeling. To be honored means God will be lifted above all other things, but that can’t happen if we are constantly lifting up other things and leaving God to whatever we have left in our day.
It is in these moments that God helps us determine what he wants us to do with our lives. There isn’t a point in constantly moving if we don’t know which direction to go!
- What are you lifting above God, even if that’s not what your intention is? How can you start making time to truly be still? What is God telling you in those moments?
- “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” - Psalm 145:18 (NLT)
- Your cellphone has three main parts to it. The shell (screen, battery, etc.), the OS (yes, even Androids have one!), and the thing that truly makes it a phone, the SIM card. But did you know that you have three main parts too? Your body (that’s the shell), brain (OS), and spirit. That part is the hardest to explain, but it can function much like the SIM card does.
Our bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and our brains help us with our daily tasks like the OS does. But just like a phone can’t make calls without a SIM card, we can’t connect with anyone besides ourselves. You work on your body by eating right and exercising, and you work on your brain by reading and doing your homework. But how can you work on your spirit?
This verse says the Lord is near to those who call on Him. We might not be able to physically see him like we do our friends, he is always listening and waiting for us to call to Him. Spending time connecting with God through studying your Bible and praying is a great way to start working on your spirit. Making sure you get to a worship service regularly, and being a part of a small group like SPARK or J:OLT are both good ways too.
Before you know it, connecting with God will come just as natural to you as texting your best friend when something good happens.
- What would change for you if you could really just call God and hear his voice or send him a text? What would you say if you could?
- “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftmanship.” Psalm 19:1 (NLT)
- The internet is great, right? Right now I can look up pictures of anywhere in the world, and I can find professional pictures taken with perfect weather. I’ve seen lots of places, but a lot of times the pictures come out blurry or it’s raining. And besides, there are lots of places in the world I’ll probably never be able to see for myself!
We forget that even though there are a lot of amazing sites around the word, there are equally beautiful and awesome things right in our backyards. Have you ever see a spider’s web with dew drops on it? Or the colorful leaves this time of year? Or a rainbow after a thunderstorm?
God created many amazing and awe-inspiring things. Some things are extraordinary, and others are things we take for granted everyday. Thanking him for his miraculous creation is another way of forming a connection with him. When we see the world through his eyes it makes us feel alive in a new way.
- What can you thank God for today? How does using his eyes make you see things differently?
- “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” - Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
- Yesterday was all about God’s creation; but we are his creation too!
How often do we scroll through social media looking at the “perfect” people that are on there? They always dress fashionably, have perfect hair and makeup (or just perfect skin), never make mistakes. So when we post we try to mimic that. Taking a ton of pictures to find the perfect “accidental” selfie. Begging mom and dad for the latest must-have clothes or shoes or accessories. Pretending to be just a perfect as the people we see on the internet.
When we look in the mirror in real life though, we don’t always like what we see. We have been trained to use the world’s eyes to look at ourselves, when really we need to look through God’s eyes; whether looking at ourselves or the people around us. The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. That doesn’t just mean the perfect people, it means all of us!
So how do we start looking with new eyes? It starts with accepting yourself for who you are, even when we aren't so perfect. We love because God is love. Go care because God cares. Our inner voice helps reflect the kind of justice God wants to see in the world. Jesus was God’s perfect reflection on earth. We only need to look at what he did and said and how he treated people to know what God would want us to do.
- What can you do to look through God’s eyes and not the worlds? Does the way you act and treat people reflect God’s image? What can you change to make a better reflection?
- “O Lord, I give my life to you.” - Psalm 25:1 (NLT)
- Have you ever met a celebrity? Ok, maybe not meet. What about see one in real life, just being a “normal” person like you?
What was the first thing you did? Was it running up to them out of breath begging for a selfie? Or maybe an autograph? Posting that picture will absolutely make you famous in your circle, and not just your close friends. People all over your school who don’t even know you will want to talk about your experience. What were they like? Did you talk to them long? And if you tag them in picture and they (or most likely someone in their entourage) likes it...that’s a high you can ride for a long time.
What if you followed Jesus the same way you followed celebrities? It wouldn’t get you extra likes on Instagram, and you might have to make some difficult decisions about who you spend time with or where you go. But celebrities go in and out of popularity all the time, very few last for a long time. Jesus however has been famous for over 2,000 years, and only by following him do we get eternal life. And unlike those celebrities who may or may not be kind and accepting of those who walk up to them asking for attention, Jesus never turns us away.
- Are you following God or does something or someone else hold most of your attention? Have you pledged to follow Christ? What does that look like for your life?
- “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” - Psalms 145:8
- Do you ever wish life was like a video game? If you fail at a task, you just have to go back and try again—you just reset. Unfortunately, if we make a mistake in real life going back and trying again is a lot harder. Even if we get past it and forget, that doesn’t mean other people forget our mistake too.
The Bible says the Lord is slow to get angry and full of compassion. No matter how many times we mess up he will always press re-set on our relationship. He doesn’t keep a cosmic scoreboard, taking away points each time we make a mistake.
That doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want, there are still things he doesn’t want us to do and other things he wishes we did more. Once we make the decision to follow Him, all we have to do is try our best to actually follow His example. Even if we aren’t sure about that kind of commitment yet, if we know we mess up and ask for his forgiveness he will always give it to us.
- What areas of your life would you most like a reset button for? Is there something you have done recently that you need to ask forgiveness for?