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by Trever Carter
As I first sat down to write this, I was again faced with the uncertainty on what to talk about. For me, life has been somewhat uneventful lately: the days running together, school and sports starting back up, busy-ness and reality setting back in and nothing really stuck out to me as it traditionally does. So, I heeded the advice of a great friend of mine and decided to do something which I have not done in quite some time: quiet time with God.
Truthfully, as much as it disappoints me to say it, it has been a while since a sat down in silence with God. Not asking Him for anything. Not thanking Him for anything. Simply asking Him to open up my heart as I sat in His presence. And after I did that, I feel like I have landed on what God had wanted me to talk about.
So I arrive at the topic of pace, how we as people get so caught up in the challenges and feats of today. For me, it’s getting through school, finishing homework and making it to bed on time with as minimal stress as possible. For you, it could be having a good day at work, spending time with your family or whatever else the day throws at you. Inevitably, the society that we live in today doesn’t stop moving: it’s fast paced, you have to keep up and you rarely can catch a break. Even when I do, I am far too exhausted to accomplish anything for myself.
But what does this mean for our faith? I would have to say that more often than not, in a rushed attempt to get everything done, my relationship with God gets pushed to the back burner. That’s a conviction that I am happy to say that I have come to realize, though. Looking back at the times where life has been so busy that it’s been hard to keep up, I have come to notice that I was not only being deprived of a relationship with our Creator but also being robbed of all the things that He gives to me. Genuine joy turns into only waiting for the day to end, patience becomes a short fuse and temper with my family members and even love for others dwindles from a roaring flame to only hot embers. I miss opportunities to share God’s love with a friend, to offer them a hand, an ear, or a shoulder, all because I myself have been distanced from it all by societies’ fast-track.
So there lies my resolution as we go into 2013: to have the presence of God increase in my life. And to truly strive for it. Be it through scripture, and prayer and worship, I genuinely want to spend more time with God in this upcoming year and the years to come. I see the joy I get when I am filled with the Holy Spirit, the constant charge that is there when I am enveloped in His presence. I am motivated to reach out to another person and radically display who Jesus is all because of being in God’s presence. As I am filled with the Spirit, walking as Jesus did becomes a more natural thing. Living out my faith becomes something that just happens, not something I have to constantly be putting a conscious effort towards. Most importantly, in all things I do, I give the glory back to God, not to myself. But none of that happens on its own, as I have come to learn.
My attainable goal is going to be one time a week: one time a week that I spend with my Creator in silence and in scripture. A time during the week I will not miss and can yearn for and look forward to and set the stage for the rest of those seven days. A time that will leave me wanting more: more questions, more answers, more God. By doing this, I hope He will leave me encouraged to keep searching for more throughout the week. Through it all, by slowing down, I will grow to know Jesus more, and in turn, my life will start to change from the inside out. I’ll start to live out the fruit of the spirit, and that’s a beautiful thing:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is this: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” ~Galatians 5:22-23
So slow down. Put forth a conscious effort with me to take a break from the business of life to be refilled by our God. Seeing these things be genuinely true in my life is a true check on if the Spirit is working in me, and when it is, there is no other response but to shout praises to our Lord.