This unusual downtime is a gift from God.  Use it to build your soul.  It’s hard to deal with a schedule change.  Many of our healthy routines have been derailed.  However, many of our distractions have been removed, too.  Use this opportunity to work on the inner man.

Here’s a few ways to build your soul:

  1. Read your Bible

If you aren’t already in the habit, choose a Bible reading plan, and read a portion of Scripture every day.  Don’t know where to start?  Here’s a few options:  (1) Read a chapter of Proverbs each day.  (2) Read a chapter in the Gospel of John each day.  (3) Read a chapter in the book of Acts each day.  Also, feel free to use an App like YouVersion to choose a reading plan and track your progress.

  1. Pray Daily

Many people have never developed a consistent prayer time.  Peace and spiritual growth are waiting for you in a regular habit of prayer.  Remember, prayer is simply talking to God and asking Him to for your needs.  Don’t complicate it.  Start with 10 minutes.  Use a timer.  It’ll seem like an eternity at first.  Each day it will get easier and easier until 10 minutes won’t nearly be enough time.

If you already have a regular prayer time, keep up the good work!  Don’t let the change in routine distract you.

  1. Attend Church Online Faithfully

Our church moved our services online over a month ago.  We chose to follow the governmental guidelines for larger gatherings.  Many other churches have done the same.  I know it’ll take extra work but make the live stream of your church services a family event.  Remove all other distractions (phones, tablets, etc.), gather together around the largest screen you can, and treat it like a major event in your household.  Sing along with the songs.  Turn to the selected Scripture passages in your Bible.  Pray along with the preacher.  Ask God to speak to you.

  1. Read a Christian Biography

The life stories of other Christians who were greatly used by God are an amazing source for encouragement and spiritual nourishment.  Read a biography about D.L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon, David Brainerd, George Muller, Adoniram Judson, or Nate Saint.  If you don’t have any in your house, you can either download them from your local library or order them through Amazon as a Kindle book.

  1. Practice Thankfulness Morning and Evening

Each morning as you wake up and each evening as you go to bed, note three things for which you are thankful.  If you can, share them with a family member or roommate.  If you live alone, share them with a friend via text or write them in a journal.  It’s easy to only see what we can’t do right now.  Gratitude will readjust our perspectives during this trying time.

May God richly use this time in your life for the building up of your soul!

Pastor Bill Giallourakis

Columbia Road Baptist Church