What we are all asking ourselves with the COVID-19 shutdowns, Riots, the inhumane death of George Floyd, and the equally inhumane actions of others beating on the elderly and murdering police offers have us all wondering why this is happening and what we can do. Like all of you I’ve been searching for answers.
It would seem there is an intentional effort to distract us and keep us from focusing on our relationship with God.
So if distracting us is the goal, the good news is that we can fight this in the still quiet moments by working on rekindling our relationship with God and serving as an example to those around us. Rekindling our relationship with God is a very personal experience. Here are a few ideas that may help you quiet the noise.
Talk to Him
Even if you can’t get to church, you can still find ways to spend time with God. Working on creating a stronger more personal relationship. Even if it seems awkward at first, the deeper our relationship with God grows, the more natural our prayers will seem. Don’t worry about creating an elegant prayer, God knows we’re not perfect, that we experience emotional ups and downs as we face the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Even if it seems like you’re doing all the talking, he’s teaching you through your own words and helping you train your heart to be more aligned to his.
Obey God’s commandments. None of us are perfect. If we were, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. Every moment we experience is an opportunity to learn, or to teach, or both. We grow and develop through this life so we may be reunited with God in the end. The least we can do for Him is to try our best to obey His commandments. I often remind my son, to be kind, be useful, and be honest. In obeying God’s will, we become brighter and stronger in spirit, integrity and mind. The stronger we are, the stronger the people around us will be. And the love of God will start to permeate the world and drive out the darkness.
Study the scriptures
When we want to strengthen our faith and relationship with God, we should study his word. This is how he talks to us. The stories in the scriptures are dealing with similar circumstances to what we are facing today, at least in principle. Learning about others who have had their faith and patience tested can give us courage to prevail through our own times of trial. Making time to study the scriptures each day can fully revitalize your distracted soul.
Listen for Him
Though we may talk with God often, we may not be opening our ears to hear His answers and guidance. When you are finished praying, don’t quickly turn on the loud movie you were watching or immediately climb into bed for the night. Take time to stop, look, and listen for God’s answers to your prayers. Sometimes you may not be receiving an answer to your own prayers, but God may prompt you to be an answer to someone else’s. Make sure you listen as much as you speak with Him. Communication goes both ways.
Show your Father in Heaven that you are grateful for all of your blessings. We receive blessings, and sometimes we are quick to ask for more before we take the time to thank Him. Say a prayer of sincere gratitude. Being grateful for God’s hand in your life will make you more appreciative of His constant presence and your purpose here on the earth. Being gracious goes hand in hand with expressing humility.
Be mindful of God’s presence in your life. Though it may seem like He is far away at times, He is not. He does not ever leave your side. It is easy to get so caught up in the happenings of the world that we forget to look for God’s presence in our lives. In these moments, try to be grateful and aware of how much He has blessed you and continues to bless you each day. Being humble and showing sincere love and respect for God can bring even the most deadened relationship with Him back to life. Cherish your relationship with your Father in Heaven. He is the greatest ally and guardian you can have throughout your life.