Intentionally Following Christ

I’m a list-er. I have at least one list for every area of my life: work, home, personal development, and so on. These lists are constantly growing and changing as things are added and (hopefully) crossed off. If I don’t write something down, it may not get done.

Now as for my spiritual life: to list or not to list?

On one hand, reading my Bible, praying, and writing in my journal are a part of my (un-listed) nightly routine along with brushing my teeth.

On the other hand, it is challenging to fit times of silence, solitude, prayer, reflection, or other spiritual disciplines into my busy life, especially at work.

A busy workplace can also challenge the traits that are supposed to mark us as Christ followers, even when you love your job. Have you ever lost your patience in the office? Is it easy to be kind and gracious when a customer is being anything but?

Jesus said His followers would have to take up their crosses daily. Whether your spiritual life is part of your routine, an item on your list, or something in between: taking up your cross daily requires action. You can’t accidentally pick up a cross. You can’t accidentally follow Christ.

I love the idea of a spontaneous spiritual life. But I also acknowledge my busyness and personality. I’m a list-er. If I don’t write it down, it may not get done. So the first item on my list every day is “Be gracious.” I write down my goals and plans for spiritual development because I want my spiritual life to have as much (or more) priority as any other area of my life. It works for me, but the same list might make your spiritual life too rigid. Find what works for you.

Amanda-Grace Schultz holds a Master’s in Theology from Campbellsville University and is passionate about missions education and discipleship. She is the Communications Specialist for Kentucky WMU.

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