Devotional by Kylie Chalfant
Did you know that making your bed could change your life? Well, I can’t promise it will change yours, but it sure was one of the things that changed mine.
Back in early 2013, I was a 20-year old college student and it felt like everything was falling apart. I was dealing with loneliness and depression. I was trying to figure out who my real friends were after being deeply hurt by my best friend. I was failing classes. I was physically sick all the time. I was faking it and trying to make it look like I was okay. And the whole time, I was beating myself up even more because I knew God had more for me than THIS.
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I wish I could tell you when the light bulb moment happened, or when the Disney-like fireworks occurred & woke me up, but I can’t. Looking back, it was just little decisions I had to make daily to be able to move forward and overcome.
I had to choose joy. I cannot even tell you the amount of times I had to remind myself that joy is a choice. I had to wake up each morning, regardless of what my head was trying to tell me, and fix my thoughts on what was true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8).
I made my bed every day. Getting back to the basics and doing the small things well helped me so much. When I woke up and made my bed, it planted seeds in my head that I was gaining control, that there was some kind of order in the chaos, and that I was capable of doing something right.
I learned how to trust Jesus all over again. Trusting Him isn’t something you master when you hear it over and over in Sunday school as a kid. It’s something you have to work at your whole life. I had to cling to the promise that He would never leave me or forget about me, that He would never fail (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8), that He would work all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and that His love for me would not run out (Lamentations 3:19-33) – EVEN when my love for me had run out.
Little by little, the pieces started to come back together. I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and just took one step at a time – one foot in front of the other. Instead of isolating myself, I surrounded myself with people who were going where I wanted to go. Now, I have the best friends anyone could ever ask for. Side note: Accountability is key. Trust me, I tried to walk through it alone in the beginning, but I am so glad that didn’t last long.
It is so easy to put God in a box and limit all that He wants to do in us and through us. We let our external circumstances dictate our thoughts, feelings, and actions. We end up playing the victim or settling for less than.
This year’s theme for Devoted is “THIS IS LIVING,” and to me, this implies a wide open, spacious MORE that God has for us!
2 Corinthians 6 in the Message says, “…I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life… The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”
THIS is living. THIS is the kind of life I want to live – daily accepting and walking in the BEST that He has for me. My prayer for each of us as we head into Devoted is that we’ll be open and ready to accept this MORE as He so freely gives it. He is constant. He is faithful. He is GOOD.
So make your bed & we’ll see you at Devoted!