During the month of January, I have been very low key with social media and extracurricular activities I am a part of. The reason being because my church family and I have been on consecration for the whole month.
What is consecration? Well, Dictionary.com explains it perfectly. Consecration is “dedication to the service and worship of a deity”. That deity, in our case, being God. We go the whole month sacrificing our everyday leisure time for time with God. Everyday, besides Wednesday, we live our regular lives as normal but without being consumed by social media and excessive texting or extracurricular activities like shopping or playing video games. That time we spend on those things are then dedicated to God by reading and studying His Word. Wednesday is our fast day so we go from 6am to 6pm without eating while still resisting social media and extracurricular activities.
Although this is an annual event for my church, I believe this year was more effective for me than any other. It opened my eyes to two things.
1) I’m not where I want to be concerning my spiritual life mentally and emotionally. It’s one thing to do something and just do it because you have the ability to do it. It’s another thing when you WANT to do it and you are motivated. This whole thing showed me how comfortable I am, but I don’t want to just be comfortable. I want to have the mind and the heart to walk this life. I don’t want to just go through the motions.
2) This is who I am.
At this time of my life, I should be finding myself or have already found myself rather. I’ve spent all my college life trying to search for who I am and wasted time being something that I am not. This journey has shown me that I am church. What do I mean by this?
I am praise and worship. I am Sunday School. I am prayer at 5 am on Saturday mornings. THIS is who I am. I am church. All I know is church and that’s all I’ll ever know. If I don’t have God then I don’t have anything. I’m wasting precious time when I act like something I’m not when I already know who I am in Him.
With all this being said, I thank God that He has opened my eyes through this experience. Such a good way to start off my year. Even though this was short and to the point, I hope I encouraged someone.