Carrie Underwood had the right idea.
When everything is going right and you feel like your hands are on the wheel, it’s easy to forget that there’s a much greater plan for your life.
When you think you know where you’re going, it’s hard to admit when you’re lost and need help.
God is patiently waiting for you to let him help you find your way, all you have to do is ask for directions. (And trust me, life is a whole lot easier when you’re guided by the light of the world.)
Here are 8 easy ways to “open up” your life to the author of all everyday, not just when things start to go wrong.
Do you listen as much as you talk? In any relationship, communication is vital, and communication is a two-way street. Any friendship would be short-lived if one person did all the talking all the time, and never heeded anything the other person said.
Your relationship with God is no exception. Open the conversation and share what’s on your heart, but be just as willing to listen.
Turn it up.
Have you listened to Christian worship music recently? If you have, you know it’s real good. Seriously, if you haven’t heard “Oceans” or anything by Matthew West, what are you still doing reading this? I’m serious, go put on some Christian music (or at least, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”), and then come back…
(If you don’t know where to start, you can find my own playlist here, you’re welcome.)
How does any relationship work where you never see the other person or spend any time with them? (Hint: it doesn’t.)
If you’re serious about letting God in, you have to be willing to meet him halfway. He only asks for one hour out of one day of your week to hang out at his house. That’s not much to ask for the greatest friendship of your life!
Show up to church when you can and be present in mind and spirit. Your time won’t go wasted.
Dressing up for church doesn’t have to anything crazy, but you should try to dress in something at least as nice as what you’d wear to work or to a nice dinner. We dress up for special occasions, and the Lord’s house definitely qualifies.
Dress up x2.
Great, now you’ve dressed up on Sunday. But what about every other day? Sunday doesn’t have to be the only day your clothes reflect the occasion.
Wearing simple t-shirts like these or those church camp/retreat shirts you have 10 of are subtle ways to represent every day, and they can be conversation starters. Use, “what is that shirt from?” as a way to tell a story about that awesome church retreat you went to, or to share your favorite bible verse.
This is probably the easiest thing on this list. If you check social media platforms throughout the day, this is a ridiculously easy way to let a little Jesus into your life! I’ve found some Christian accounts that tweet inspiring messages and daily bible verses, and it is so refreshing to see in my feed.
Go ahead, keep following Justin Bieber and DogRates, but it will only help you to mix in some grace with the memes and cute animal videos.
When was the last time you opened your bible?
If you can’t remember, you’re long overdue, friend. Challenge yourself to learn a few of your favorite bible verses by heart.
Like I wrote about here, setting one as your lock screen is a super easy way to do this, and it’ll act as a great reminder throughout your day.
We’ve come full circle here. Communication is everything! What’s on your mind? Let God know. Worried about a test? Tell him. Wondering about his plan for your life? Tell him.
I hate to break it to ya, but he already knows what’s on your mind; he’s just waiting for you to talk to him about it (and he is the best.listener.ever).
I hope you’ll consider trying at least one of these ways to let God in this week, I promise he won’t disappoint! As with anything worthy of your time, you get in what you put out. But with this relationship, your efforts will be repaid endlessly.