I remember my first job, my first paycheck. I was so proud of myself, of waking up and showing up continuously to the point of earning a decent amount of money at the time. Also, of the fact that someone found me fit enough to be an employee and entrust me with that position. I remember catching up with a friend of mine who had also just started working, and who did not share the same sentiments. She felt like her relationship with God was deteriorating and soon after, she quit.
Knowing how difficult it may be to get a job or switch in between if you are already working, what would you do if you were in her position? How would you handle yourself if the very thing you prayed for seems to be eating away at the most important relationship in your life?
My friend, Jane, basically felt like anytime she took a small step forward to try and salvage her relationship with God, she’d end up taking four times more steps backwards. It would be safe to say that we have all been here. In a place where we feel the drift, where the distance between Him and us is growing bigger and bigger. Sometimes, life just passes you by and you can’t tell where time has gone.
How do you keep track then? Besides busy schedules, toxic colleagues, bosses or work environments and general exhaustion? Here are a few ways;
- Talk to Him. It doesn’t have to be dramatic and doesn’t have to be turned into an event (you can if you want to though), just speak to Him the same way you would have a random conversation with anyone else. Talk to Him as often as you can. The best part of this is, He is always, always listening.
- Devotion. Start small, wake up 15minutes earlier and have some quiet time with God. Use a Christian or Bible app that may guide you through it. Those early mornings have a way of smooth sailing your day.
Devotion is a place where you do not exist; life just flows through you as a certain sweetness and beauty.Jaggi Vasudev
3. Get in touch with like-minded people. Try and create a small community of people from church, among your friends or neighbors that you can share the word of God and your struggles. People that you can also have Bible study sessions with.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.Matthew 18:20
4. Mindset shift. Sometimes, it’s all in the mind. We believe and feed ourselves so much negativity and it ends up becoming or reality. Have a mind-shift that you are capable of making and keeping time. Have a positive attitude.
5. Stick with it. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Challenge yourself and stick through it and always remember that it takes time.
God always wants to spend time with you, He is always waiting.