Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.Psalm 37:4-5
Most of us wouldn’t think of just taking a day off work. In twenty-eight years of coaching, I never had a player say, “I didn’t come to practice today because I was too busy.” We are very committed to our jobs. We should be just as committed to spending time with God.
Do you want to do something that will dramatically change your life and the lives of others around you? Something that anyone can do, and it won’t cost you anything except a few minutes of your time each day?
Spend some quiet time every morning with the God who created you.
I know. You’ve heard that before, and while it sounds good, the benefits can be elusive. But have you ever started to do it and stayed with it on a regular and daily basis?
Think about it with me for a minute—I am suggesting that you spend a quiet period of time with the Lord every morning before you take off for your day. If your schedule is anything like mine, there will be a few days where that commitment will be interrupted. But don’t let those exceptions affect your decision to set aside one-on-one time with the Lord and dissuade you from starting this dramatically life-transforming journey.
I highly recommend doing it in the morning. Things tend to come up in the afternoon, and you’ll probably be too tired at night. Get up ten, fifteen, or twenty minutes earlier to allow for whatever time you need to start with. Keep a pad and a pen with you. Have a Bible at hand—preferably one that is easy to understand. Maybe start reading a chapter or two each day from the Gospel of John.
Pray for a few minutes—remember, you’re just talking to God. Make some notes on what crossed your mind while you were praying. You may think your mind wanders, but maybe God is telling you something He’ll come back to later.
I have had folks in my life whom I trust tell me they can tell whether or not I have spent quiet time with the Lord that morning. According to them, I respond better to situations and people when I have spent time with the Lord.
Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker, Strengthening Your Faith (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2014).