Returning home for Christmas break can be interesting because you’ve changed and grown this past quarter; that’s the reality of college. As you jump back into life at home during break here are some practical ways to maximize this time and grow deeper in friendship with Christ.
Let these few weeks springboard you into 2016, full of faith and hope for what God will do in and through you this next year.
Set a Schedule:
There is nothing romantic or magical about the sound of setting a schedule over break to spend time with God, but it works!! God is worth setting aside designated time in your days. It’s essential to be realistic with your schedule. Even though setting aside 5 hours to spend time with God sounds awesome, it might not be the most realistic for you this break. Simple plans that are followed are better than extravagant plans that never happen. So what will it be for you: 10 minutes, 25 minutes? Whatever it is, God is honored by the time we set aside. Remember, consistency is key to winning this break.
Take Time to Reflect:
God calls us to remember the works that he has done and worship him because of them. Your past quarter may have been full of hard moments or it may have been the best 2 ½ months of your life. Either way, be encouraged by the ways you’ve seen God. People aren’t kidding when they say you’ll grow A TON in college, so take notice of the growth in yourself. This could look a lot of different ways It could be journaling, processing with a family member, mentor, or friend, or spending time outside by going for a walk. Whatever it is, don’t neglect reflecting.
Dream for the New Year:
Winter break is full of people making resolutions for the New Year so they can be their “new and best selves”. If we truly believe in a Father who has “immeasurably more” for us like Ephesians 3:20 says, then why not go to him and dream for 2016. Let’s maximize the extra time we have over break by becoming envisioned for the upcoming year. It’s easy to revert to the mindset that we know what’s best for us. What if this break, we all spent 5 minutes a day praying and asking God for the “immeasurably more” for 2016?
You’ve worked HARD this past quarter. Do things that bring you joy and bring a friend with you. Go out and actually do that thing on your bucket list that you haven’t had time for. Also, don’t forget to laugh a lot. Think of fun ways that you can combine enjoyment and service. Maybe this means surprising people in your life with unexpected service.
Do It Together:
Community is an essential part of following Jesus and maximizing break. Take the time to connect with your spiritual family – if you don’t have one at home, stay connected to your Lifegroup family. If you need prayer, encouragement or accountability, reach out and ask for it – we are a community devoted to each other and break doesn’t change that. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?
We can’t wait to be back in January, have an awesome break!
Let’s change the world.
By Gretchen Gelman, SPU Student, College Lifegroup Leader