With all of the busyness of college life, it can be tough to find time to do things that help you grow in your faiththings like spending regular time with God. And when you do find the time, how can you keep it from becoming dull and routine? Students from Taylor University
in Fort Wayne, Indiana, share their ideas for keeping devotional times fresh and alive.
Find a few minutes:
Freshman professional writing major Mandy reads her Bible between classes. That way, her devotions last all day. "I want to live my devotion to Christ, and using the time between classes this way helps me remember that," Mandy says.
Talk about it: "I have a conversation with someone about what the Lord's been doing in my life," says junior Jill. "It helps me to get excited again."
Read a book: "I'm reading a book about creativity that's been meaningful to me," says junior professional writing major Keith. "It talks about being satisfied with creating, because God is a creative being. I've learned that using artistic skills and being creative is a way to express creativity similar to God's creativity."
Write it down: "Journaling my reflections helps a lot," Keith says. "I also write fiction. Writing helps me connect to God. As I create stories and characters, I understand him as my creator more."
Take a different approach: "When I read different books of the Bible, I try to put myself in the position of the writer of the passage and hear his tone of voice," says senior pastoral ministries major Joe. "When I need a new perspective on a Scripture, I change translations. That helps me to see a familiar passage in a new way."
Use music: Sophomore elementary education major Olivia Marker bases her Scripture reading on the worship music she enjoys. "I listen to music and sing along," says Olivia. "After that, I read a verse that pertains to the particular message in the song. I love how music brings a whole new level to my devotional life."
Andrea is a senior professional writing major at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.