Well we made it, friends! All of our hard work for the fall semester of 2015 has paid off (hopefully) and we finally have several weeks to enjoy time with family and friends, or time sleeping, eating, catching up on TV shows, reading books or working. But, during all of this free time, let’s not forget that it can be used most constructively if we focus on continuing or improving our relationship with Jesus. This will keep us filled up with the Lord’s love and joy to guide us in being the light of the world to those who need it most.
When we graduate and enter into the professional working world, we no longer will have 4 weeks off to do absolutely whatever we want. We will only have so many days off a year; no more Thanksgiving breaks, winter breaks, or summers. It’s easy to set a schedule when you have classes to be at during certain times, homework and projects due on a certain date, and specific shifts at work. However, when we get into the non-routinized way of living during breaks when we can sleep in until whatever time, sit on the couch all day, or spend hours out around town, it’s even easier to fall out of that schedule. A lot of times, at least for me, this means lacking time spent in the word.
Before I left for break, I attended the last CRU large group and received an encouraging letter titled “Don’t waste your break”. I think it speaks a lot of truth to us as college students and all of the struggles during breaks discussed in the above paragraph. This break I am challenging myself (and all of you if you’re up for it) to make scheduled time to grow in the word either alone or with community. Set up a schedule on your first day home so there are no excuses! Focus on the following to make a plan for success:
1. When will I meet with God?
2. What will I seek to learn?
3. How will I step out in faith?
4. Who will I do it with?
5. Is there a unique opportunity for growth?
I truly believe that setting up a schedule of how and when you want to dive into the word will keep us accountable and help us to make the most out of our time this winter break. Remember - don’t waste your break!!
“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.” - 1 Chronicles 22:19
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." - Hebrews 6:12
Central/ STM YL Leader
This blog is operated by the Young Life Leaders at the University of Illinois & Parkland. A different leader will post daily over winter break. Our hope is to push each other to grow, & to love Jesus more.
Feel free to write your thoughts or encouragements back in the comments at the bottom!