* Get to know God’s voice. Get your spiritual senses tuned up through prayer, Bible reading, and talking with Christians you admire who will help you grow in faith. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and help you recognize His voice. Stop hurrying; slow your pace of life down and pay close attention to ways God will speak to you every day. Stop worrying; realize that dwelling on your concerns will drown out God’s voice. Decide to trust that God is powerful enough and loving enough to care for your problems. Choose to trust that God knows what’s best for your life. Know that when you trust in God is when you’ll be most fulfilled. Pray for God to make you aware of the things that steal your time, help you give up control over the things you worry about, and to help you trust Him with every aspect of your life.

 

* Make time for worship. Recognize that worship isn’t just about attending a weekly church service; it’s a lifestyle of expressing your love for God all the time. Set aside time on a regular basis to praise God for who He is. Schedule times of prayer and Bible reading every day. Look for creative ways to connect with God each day, such as by hiking in His creation, journaling your thoughts to Him, or using the talents He has given you to serve people in need.

 

* Share every part of your life with God. Know that your contributions to the world may seem insignificant to you, but from God’s perspective, they make a powerful difference. Understand that small acts done with great love can accomplish just as much as huge, heroic feats for God. Don’t hold anything back that God leads you to give. Ask Him to use everything you have – time, energy, money, talents, lessons learned through suffering, and more – to accomplish His purposes. Be honest with God about all your thoughts and feelings. Fully express your hopes, joys, desires, fears, doubts, and struggles. Place them all in God’s hands and trust Him to transform them into a force in your life that will help you change the world for the better.

 

* Serve God with love. Decide to serve a cause that’s greater than your own life – God’s kingdom. Realize that you can’t earn God’s love, so don’t try to do so through service. Don’t serve expecting to get something for yourself in return, either. Instead, let your gratitude for all God has done for you motivate you to do what you can to contribute to His work on Earth. Ask God to help you see beyond your own problems to other people’s lives, and to make you aware of opportunities to help them. Don’t procrastinate; schedule a few hours this week to help a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Make it a habit to set aside time to help others; incorporate service into your lifestyle. Know that service will enrich not just those whom you help, but also you, because it will draw you closer to God. Expect that service won’t be convenient, but it will always be worthwhile. Let people whom you serve know that you’re helping them with absolutely no strings attached. When God leads you to do so, serve people anonymously. Be creative about ways to fit more service into your life, such as by transforming some of your daily activities into acts of service and using money you would have spent to buy something for yourself to buy a gift for someone else instead. Recognize that even small acts of service are hugely significant in God’s eyes and can have big results.