How to Make Your Break Count

For most of us the busyness of everyday life pushes God into the margins. Homework, friends, relationships, work, and hobbies all excuse us from meditating on scripture and praying, but during breaks the gloves come off. We see if we’re too busy for God, or if we’re simply too preoccupied.

If you’re like me the answer is preoccupied. In fact, I find breaks one of the hardest times to consistently connect with God even though it’s one of the best opportunities we ever have to focus on growing spiritually. So I want to offer a few practical suggestions to make your spring break count:

1. Start with a plan. We all casually promise ourselves to take the time to pray and read, but without preparation we make best friends with the TV and sleep in till noon every day. Instead, we should pick out a time in the mornings or afternoons to pray and read, and then make it a priority. Tonight at Veritas we will be offering six different devotional plans that you can take and use over spring break, to keep the eyes of your soul focused on God.

2. Keep a natural sleep schedule. The quickest way to prevent regular prayer and reading is staying out too late, and waking up after lunch. It’s not wrong to stay up late, but it’s foolish to ignore the consequences on your lifestyle. If watching TV, or hanging out till 4 AM prevents you from praying, fight to do otherwise. Stick with your plan.

3. Pick out a short book to read. With a whole week to spare, you have more than enough time to read a short book (or two). There are so many great options out there, but maybe one place to start is by grabbing a copy of Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. Veritas will be discussing it April 25th @8. Also check out Prodigal God, Counterfeit GodsSpectacular Sins, and The Weight of Glory,

4. Trust God. Philippians 1:6 reminds us “that he who began a good work in you [God] will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” If we are in Christ, he is faithful to bring us to maturity. No matter how many plans we make, we cannot do the work of the Holy Spirit. Only God is able to transform our hearts so that we desire to feast on his word and enjoy his glory. So start preparing for spring break now, by asking God to provide you the strength to make your spring break count.

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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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