Life is tough. As a teenager, that feeling is multiplied tenfold. We have friends, family, school, and extracurriculars to balance, and religion just piles on top of it. Oftentimes though, when ranking which of these is most important, religion gets pushed to the bottom of the list. How do I know this? Because I myself am one of the main culprits of this.
I am a straight A AP student who is a part of my school’s National Honor Society, audition choir, Student Ambassadorship, literary arts magazine, newspaper, and Drama Club. I volunteer at my local library, the Fulton theatre, help with the Confidence Conference, do 4-H programs, and serve as the Mt. Joy 4-H branch’s News Reporter. I also perform in many local shows, such as The Crucible at Susquehanna Stage Company that I just closed.
So I’m busy. I’m constantly running from place to place. In my free time, I relax, but maybe not in the right ways. I find myself scrolling through Instagram, or watching Youtube video after video. Sometimes, I’ll just binge a whole season of a TV show if I know I have a break.
That’s not what I should be doing though. God is the most refreshing thing in our lives, and when you’re incredibly busy, that’s what is needed instead of Youtube. Matthew 11:28 says, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’
If you’re feeling tired, going to God is one of the best decisions you can make. This is not to say that if you talk with God, you will never need physical rest, but God is very refreshing. He is a constant, and knowing that you always have someone on your side who you can bring problems to is comforting.
But how do we fit him in? It is easy to say you’ll shove him into your free space like you would Netflix, but there’s a good chance that won’t work. Itis so much easier and seems more enjoyable to engage in fictional lives instead of going to God about your own life. Besides, it’s a little demeaning for God to just be ‘squeezed in.’
What you need to do is to build God into your schedule. When I get a new recurring event in my life, I put it on my calendar and make sure that I have friends and family to keep me on track. They make sure that for the first couple of months I go to every meeting, so my brain makes it part of the routine.
Once you get started in talking to God and reading your Bible, it shouldn’t be as hard to do it. If before you felt like you should do it, but you weren’t necessarily sure if you yourself wanted to, you’ll start to feel that shift. You’ll want to build a stronger relationship with God, and in the process, many other problems in your life will start to fall into their correct order.
That’s exactly what talking with God needs to be. Pick a set time for most days, put it on your calendars, get friends to not only keep you on track, but do it with you, and fit God in. He is the most important being in our lives, and putting him first is always key.