Getting Your College Groove Back: Make Time for Jesus

Whenever my pace of life changes, I choose to reflect on how I want to spend my time during the coming months. As you transition from your Summer internships, jobs, and classes, you should probably take some time to think about what the next school year will look like.

In the past, once school started I worked my way into a daily (or at least Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and Tuesday/Thursday) pattern. That meant I began every semester with a question: will I make time for Jesus or not?

There a lot of ways to work Jesus into you schedule. I discovered that I read my bible and prayed most consistently when I worked quiet times into my regular routine. This meant finding a time everyday where I could pass on forsake all distractions–whether it be school work or hanging out at Memorial–and retreat to a quiet place. A lot of people like praying early in the mornings, but my mind wanders incessantly until I get my morning coffee and a few hours of sun.

So for those of you who can’t get up before class, try something new, like a mid-morning or mid-afternoon quiet time in A.P. Green Chapel.

Ultimately habits and routines cannot revitalize your relationship with Jesus. If you struggle to love Jesus through prayer and the reading of his word, repentance is the place start. Confess your struggle to Jesus, and he will help you. If you struggle to focus, ask for strength to set your eyes upon him. If you give up quiet times to hangout with friends or homework, confess your idols to God and ask him to satisfy you more than friendship and success.

Then step out in faith, and start this semester in God-glorifying groove.

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About Patrick K. Miller

Currently I am living in Columbia serving at the University of Missouri with Veritas, The Crossing's campus ministry. In December 2010 I graduated from Mizzou with a degree in English Literature. My beautiful wife, Emily, works is an Interior Designer with a local firm. I like espresso, 30 Rock, and books. My favorite old dead guys are John Owen, Augustine and Francis Schaeffer. You should read something by them.
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