Remix: Student Devotionals

Why Am I Here? - Week 1, Day 3

Day 3: What Does God Want Me to do Today?

Have you ever sat there and thought, "Oh man, how in the world am I going to get everything done that I have to do?"
First, there's school and then probably practice for sports, or band, or a show. Then run home to shower before working at a job you probably hate! Then, next thing you know, it's late at night, and you've still got a ton of homework.

Have you ever felt like there was no way you were going to make it through the week?
You are stressed out with no end in sight. Teenagers are the busiest people on the face of the earth. You have homework, extra activities, clubs, councils, church, family time, a part-time job, and of course, your social life. It can all start to add up.

This is where you finally start to realize a few things. Like:

1. You can't do everything. I mean, you're not superman, and there are only 24 hours in a day, and contrary to popular opinion, you actually do need to sleep.

2. You have to choose the things that are most beneficial to do. What does that mean? You've got to weigh the pros and cons, the positives and negatives, and try to figure out what activity is going to help you the most in the long run.

3. You must always ask yourself this question: Is this something Jesus would want me to invest my time in?

Now why in the world would you ask yourself a question like that? It's pretty simple if you think about it. I mean, if you really are a child of God, you'll want to do what God wants you to do with your days. Did you know that every single day you wake up, God has got some great, awesome, and incredible things for you to do? Things that no one else on the face of the earth can do except you. And if you're not busy doing those things He has planned for you, they will never ever get done.

Well then, how do I figure out what God wants me to do every day?

1. Talk to God before you head off to school every day. Tell Him what's going on and ask Him to give you the wisdom to know just exactly what it is He wants you to do.

2. Look for opportunities to serve other people who are hurting and who are in need.

3. Do a priority check from time to time. Now, what in the world is a priority check? Boy, you sure do ask a lot of questions. A priority check is where you stop everything. You turn off the music, the smartphone, the TV, and you get quiet before God. You do some heart-to-heart talking with Him, and you tell Him what's been going on and how you've been spending your time. Ask Him to show you if your priorities are what He wants them to be.

4. Talk to God about every decision you're going to make. Ask Him to show you if this is something He really wants you involved in. Believe it or not, if you ask Him, He will tell you if you are willing to listen.

Time Out:
1. Make out a schedule of what a typical day during the school year will look like, then answer the questions after the schedule.

2. Now, look at your schedule and ask yourself these questions:
A) Do I have time to study?
B) Do I have time for after-school activities?
C) Do I have time to spend with my family and friends?
D) Do I have daily time set aside for God?
E) Do I have time to minister and be ministered to at church?
F) Do I have time to relax?
G) Do I get enough sleep?
H) Are all these things what God wants me to be doing this school year?

3. Daily schedules are tough, especially if you have a hard time saying no to something. Listen, I know there are a lot of worthwhile projects out there to do but remember there are only 24 hours in one day.

"For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him." Colossians 1:16