By Aviv Tomè |
A Routine Towards Devotion
As I was preparing myself to say a silent prayer on my way to my morning classes, I realized my relationship with God has shifted through the years, especially when I came to Baylor. Although I grew up in a Christian household, I didn’t connect with my religion or God. I came to Chapel, a requirement for Baylor students, skeptical and ready to contradict, fight and reject God’s calling for my life. I wasn’t ready to listen to what God wanted me to improve in myself.
I was the snoozer at the back of Chapel. I was the one who skipped until she couldn’t anymore.
My own stubbornness blinded me from accepting how much I needed God’s guidance and helping hand. It took hard work and humbleness to get over my pride and receive God in my heart. And it wasn’t until recently that I felt God started preparing me to share my story.
Suddenly, one day, I realized why I didn’t feel a connection to God: I wasn’t connected with myself. I was exposed to an array of beliefs and came to question where I stood in my Christianity. The process began with self-acceptance, devotion and respect.
Slowly, I began to see how God was pulling me closer and closer to Him. After months of questioning my religion and who I was in Christ, I came to the conclusion that I was myself.
I had to accept my flaws, imperfections and mistakes. This taught me how to see God’s love reached every space in my heart, erasing negativity.
In 1 Cor. 25:10, it says “By the Grace of God, I am what I am.” For this scripture, I was reminded that I was built in a perfect image, and I had to believe it. As I stared at myself in the mirror, with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, I knew it was time to begin my journey.
However, my curiosity to listen to God and explore my religion in Him became more powerful as I realized I needed help. I needed help building my path towards a being a devoted Christian, and a well-rounded student. Enrolled at Baylor, I needed a plan to incorporate small bits of God into my routine. I wanted to nurture my spirit in a convenient way. I wanted to devote time and effort to God, all within the right time for my 8:00 a.m.
I became unquenchable–I needed God in my life, in the most simple ways and in the biggest ones, too. Whenever I had a quiz, a meal or an opportunity to talk to God, I would take it without hesitation.
In prayer, I found comfort, peace and wholesomeness.
I found my shelter in Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future,” and saw each day as an opportunity to slowly build a relationship with God and learn about him every day. With scripture, I began to clear out a path to grow closer to God, and I created a routine to help me stay in check.
I start every morning with quiet time and light instrumental music. Small compromises with God like giving the first minutes of your day to Him is what helps me set the tone for the rest of my day. Spotify offers genres at your fingertips, and you can transition to the next step of your day like walking to class. Some of my favorite playlists include “Hiding Places” by Tori Kelly, “Christian Music You’ve Never Heard Before” by JJ Heller, “Worship Now” and “Worship Wednesdays” by Spotify.
It is essential for college students to understand how much the first few minutes of our day can impact us.
Devoting small portions of your day, such as reading one Bible verse a day on your phone, slowly builds a routine. The next step in strengthening my relationship with God was respecting the fact that I need Him in my life. Respect for his creation, respect towards ourselves is what keeps us humble and continually seeking a taste for God’s never-ending love.
Through self-acceptance, devotion and respect, I managed to create a niche for myself in God.