Spiritual Practice


Jordan Busby & Adam Rothrock

For me, silence means having no distractions, which is crucial to my time alone with God. I’ve discovered that a daily routine of spending 15–20 minutes with the Creator can change your life forever. Doing daily devos has affected my relationships as well. Instead of being one person with one group of friends and another with a different group of friends, I am the same Jordan with everyone.

To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:6b (NRSV)

Silence also relieves stress. As a high school senior, my workload is bigger than ever. Sometimes, I need an hour to myself to rest and to let my mind think its own thoughts. Like our bodies, our minds need rest; and sometimes sleeping is not enough. One of the fruit of the Spirit is peace. Sure, being at peace means not being angry, like a raging storm; but it also means resting. Indulge in silence. Let your mind rest for 30 minutes a day by putting down your phone, letting your mind wander, or being alone in complete silence.

—Jordan Busby, 19


SET ASIDE SOME DEVO TIME: Having a daily quiet time every morning gives me a more positive outlook and helps me to focus on glorifying God all day. If you struggle to make time for God, try waking up fifteen minutes earlier or staying awake fifteen minutes later at night. With few distractions—nowhere to go, no one making noise—you can be alone with God.

—Adam Rothrock, 17

—from devozine (January/February 2015). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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