Get Up and Get Going
Despite everything going on, I encourage you as students, to get up and get going! How awesome is it to know that you have the confidence and security in Christ Jesus? The Blood of Jesus is everlasting love. His love is your daily reminder to keep going and stay energized in faith. Choosing to binge, escape or overload on sodas, energy drinks, facetime chats with your friends, music vibe outs, your favorite TV shows, a long night of gaming or the wildest sugar rush will never amount to the level of turnt-upness that God can give you. A dose of a loud shout to the Lord will give you more of an energy rush than anything else you can list or think of!
Teens, I encourage you to have a talk with God. Tell him what’s on your mind. As you are reading this devotion, I challenge you to go outside or go in your room. In your loudest voice, shout, Lord I need you! Your voice is sweet music to His ear, Zephaniah 3:17. Take this time and have a talk with him. Nothing is a secret to God. Romans 8:27. He already knows your heart, thoughts and feelings. There is only one you, so make your shout out unique and your talk with him personal.
There is a military phrase that says, “up and at em”. It means get going, get busy, there’s work to be done. God is whispering to you during this time, that very thing. Don’t lose sight of the mission!
Allow God to pour into you the energy you need to help lift you up and move you forward. This can be an intense time for everyone, but turn intense to intentional, allowing your actions and your vibes to be proactive and fruitful. How long have you been telling yourself I’m going to clean my room, or when the weekend comes, I’ll do my chores? How many times have you said, I’m going to spend less time with my friends and more time with my family? Young ladies, have you told yourself lately that you wanted to help your mom cook in the kitchen? Fellas, how many times have you told yourself that you wanted to spend more quality time with your dad, maybe shoot some hoops? Students, what ideas have you been creatively sitting on that required just time? Do you journal or write rhymes? If there is anything that you can think of that you either didn’t have the energy or the time to do it, now is the time, so UP AND AT EM!
You may have heard someone say, “I have nothing but time on my hands”. They may speak on this as reference of being bored or having nothing to do. While you’re at home reverse that way of thinking. Say, there’s so much I could be doing right now with my time. It’s okay to chill and take advantage of the free time you may have but perhaps a few days out of the week, discipline yourself and set a schedule. Organize a routine and go to bed at a decent time. Get the proper rest so that you can be productive for the next day.
The hardest part of anything at times is taking that first step. Ask God to be your Director, day-to-day. Allow the Holy Spirit to be your Interpreter and your voice of reasoning. Ask the Holy Spirit your WHAT’s and WHY’s during this time of quarantine. Luke 11:9-10. Allow this time of L.O.C.K.D.O.W.N. to be a time that you L=listen to God’s voice and reflect, Proverbs 2:1-5, O= obey God’s word, C= chill and remain calm, K= kneel and pray, find a quiet place where there is no distraction, D= do not panic, Philippians 4:6, O= remind yourself that you are an overcomer, John 16:3, W= watch what you are confessing, Proverbs 18:21, and N= never lose sight of who you belong too, Galatians 3:26.
Prayer: Lord, fuel me to stay in the fight. Help me to prioritize, be proactive and remain focused during my free time. God help me to get up and get going on the things that I set my mind to do. I cast out any roaming negative thoughts that may enter my mind and I loose fruitful thinking over myself. Lord, I ask you to give me sweet peace over my life. Help me to be reminded that I am a child of God and that I walk in wisdom and obedience. Amen.
Epic Student Ministries
Cherita Johnson – Ministry Team