WEEK 4: Living Out Your Faith For You

Over the past several weeks we have talked about what living your faith looks like in all of the different areas of our lives (at home, at school and at church). Those weeks were more about how we're engaging the world around us. This week we're focusing on something you may often forget about: YOU.

While these past devotionals may have given you tools for how to be a blessing to others, your up close and personal relationship with God will be the key to being your best in all of these areas. When you work on building your own relationship with God it is so much easier to do all of the things you read about.

It can be hard to think about ourselves; you have school, you're involved with teams, you're always with your family, and it just seems like you never get a break.

We can see this with Jesus in the focus scripture today. He was ALWAYS surrounded by people, always traveling and always doing things, but he knew that even he needed alone time with God. The Bible says that Jesus would wake up early before the sun even rose to pray to God. While you don't need to wake up super early like Jesus did, you can try to find other ways that work for you to find a quiet place and talk with God, just like Jesus did.

God loves you SO much and he wants to hear from you and take care of whatever is worrying you.

God uses the Bible to speak to us and inspire us to do good things, and in that quiet time would be a good place to read your Bible. If you're unsure where to start and what to read, you can always talk to one of your lifegroup leaders and they can help you find out where to start and what version to read. You can also read over the scriptures from this devotional!

While you're growing and learning how to love others, don't forget to love and take care of yourself.

How are you really doing in your spiritual life?

What can you do to improve your personal relationship with God? How can your lifegroup leaders help you do this?

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 

Mark 1:35