I read an interesting article recently on The Blaze speaking of heaven and a love for God. It stipulates that some people might not enjoy heaven because they don’t love going to church or praising God here on earth, so why would they, for all eternity, in heaven? I don’t agree with everything written in the article, but I found there are a few very interesting takeaways. Mainly, having a relationship with God should be a way of life and an ideal; worshipping and reading the Bible, for example, should be stimulating and peace-giving, much like exercise makes us happy. Below are some uplifting ways to color your days with love for God, based on life’s seasons.
In times of prosperity and success, we tend to forget about God and fortifying our relationship with Him. It is when we are in need that we must call on Him usually. Change this up! Next time you find yourself “excelling at life,” be it a career, school and grades, peace, relationships, and so on, make sure to show God that he is still your top priority.
- Action: Tithe 10% of your income. Blast on beautiful Hillsong music and sing along with a heart of thanksgiving. Pause during the day, take in your blessings, and thank him in silent prayers.
- Meditate on: Psalm 100
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good”
It is when we are in need that we usually seek God the most. Though finding answers to our prayers may be important to us, be sure to make this just as much about the core principle: how much faith and trust we have in Him.
- Action: Seek the support of Christian youth groups. Ask for prayer. Pray for someone else who is hurting.
- Meditate on: Psalm 27: 13-14
“I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait on the Lord.”
We can find new and creative ways to make our relationship with God that much more intimate. Consider any relationship you have in your life—don’t you do things to spice that up from time to time? It’s not any different. After all, being intimate with God should be a lifelong pursuit, not something that lasts a season.
- Action: Try journaling your thoughts to God! A friend of mine used to do this anytime she had a question. A few days later, she would have an answer. But more important than this, it strengthened her relationship with God. Also: sprinkle in things you are grateful for every day.
- Meditate on: Matthew 13, the Parable of the Sower
“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear…” Seek to be this good seed.
Orange: Passion & Loving Others
When we have Christ’s love for us, all we want to do is spread it around! That is also our Christ-mission here on earth. Choose something that interests you, and be on your way, glorifying God wherever your journey takes you.
- Action: Give testimony of God’s miracles in your life to everyone, from people you know to strangers how you see fit. Go on missions trips around the world, and document/photojournal your experience! You might be astonished by what you will experience—a strengthening in your love for God and others.
- Meditate on: Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Pink: Personal Relationships
When we have relationships, whether they are romantic, platonic, or family-oriented, we should make God the authority on how we think and act towards each other. A pastor once said a marriage, for example, should be a triangle, where God is on top, and each spouse is on either end on the bottom.
- Action: Bring your loved ones to watch amazing Christian movies. Talk about God and seek greater understanding; ask the hard questions to one other and make it a point to pray about it and find answers together through fellowship.
- Mediate on: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.“
Black: When Fear Comes
Fear and duress are inevitable facts of life. But when you feel the doubt creeping in, fasten yourself to God’s love and seek refuge in Him. He will help you overcome anything.
- Action: Use God’s word as a sword and shield, whenever a fear wants to pop in. Say verses out loud or in your head to counter the fear. Ask others to pray for your feelings of insecurity or doubt.
- Meditate on: Psalm 91:4
“He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.”
Green: Waiting for Answers
In life, it is also inevitable that we will not get all the answers we want in prayer or in the time we seek. During this season, practice patience and reviving and fanning the flames of your love for God.
- Action: Practice gratitude for the answers you have or have gotten. Continue praying for and loving others. Ask God if it is in His will, to respond in as timely a matter as possible.
- Mediate on: Psalm 37:7
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him”