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Every morning, my alarm goes off. I get out of bed, groggy, and turn it off. Then I brush my teeth very sleepily. And then I read my Bible.
That’s how it has to be.
I found that I absolutely cannot do anything else first. I cannot look at my phone, I cannot talk to someone else, I cannot go eat my breakfast, before I read my Bible. I cannot go without the Word at all in the morning. It would be like going without brushing my teeth: I would be carrying that bad breath with me the whole day. In the same way, I carry anger, anxiousness, and confusion with me if I do not read my Bible in the morning.
I learned during this past semester that I am a weak human being. I thought I could handle everything, honestly. All my classes and friends and sports, the Christian club I co-lead, the projects I commit to. I discovered that I couldn’t, though. The added stress of COVID-19 showed me that I, as a human, cannot make it on my own. I will break down.
So I came to the Lord every morning, and continue to do so, no matter what. As I read and pray, He takes all my worries and bad feelings and even remnants from disturbing dreams I had that night, replacing them with thoughts of better things - of holy things. He shows me what is the most important before I walk into another hectic school day.
Because of the changes brought by COVID-19, I have learned to depend on the Lord. When I do school from home and feel lonely, he is there. When I go to school and my classmates are being a bad influence, he is there. When I am exhausted from zooms and have no motivation to do my homework, he is there. All I need to do is say his name.
Jesus, I need help with this essay.
Jesus, I can’t sleep.
Jesus, I feel alone right now.
He is there.
When I have lots of time but I’m not sure how to spend it… he is there, waiting. Commit yourself to the Lord and spend lots of time with him. Read a chapter. Take a walk and pray. He will reward you many times over. He will help you to be productive, to stay strong, and even to encourage those who are struggling around you. He has become my rock, and he can become yours too, if you will only seek him.