Godly Practices for the Girl
Does pursuing God mean journaling in floral notebooks, writing the word “grace” on chalkboards, or playing tea party with your small group? These are all lovely practices. You can praise God in and through them, but girl, question yourself: are you attracted to Jesus or the cute culture sold in his name?
Below are three practices of godly people. I encourage you to try these practices at least for a season, for their principles are Biblical (I’ll give you Bible references for each). Remember, don’t burn out trying to achieve them. Works only work to edify you if your eyes are turned to Christ. These habits and the people who practiced them, beg me to run to Jesus.
First off, work at a world-class level. Sadly, it’s fun for Christians to take grace, a gift intended to wash away sins, and use it as a coupon to excuse sluggishness. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says we ought to be doing everything to the “best of our ability” as if we’re doing the tasks directly for God. Are you? Dedicate each project to God. A world-class work ethic isn’t dependent on a world-class status.
Think of Joseph (read Genesis 33-44). He was a devoted, loving servant. As a prisoner, he didn’t just survive the prison atmosphere; Joseph took the initiative to excel as an inmate; he ended up managing the affairs of the jail! When standing before a high society of elegant hieroglyphics, towering temples, and golden nobles, Joseph didn’t cower down from caring for Egypt at the age of thirty (Genesis 41:41-46). Joseph was a diligent worker, proactive prisoner, and world-class ruler who consistently gave God glory. The Lord was with Joseph in a unique way. He is with you too, wherever he has you. Whether you’re cleaning the bathrooms of a fast food chain or debating in your nation’s capital city your work ethic should be at equal levels. Your boss hasn’t changed. Ask God to work through you as you work like Joseph.
Secondly, kneel three times a day in prayer. Daniel, one of the Bible’s spiritual giants, was known in a secular society for being the “God guy” (Daniel 6:3-5). Snatched from his native land to serve a pagan king, Daniel repeatedly distinguished himself by living out his sensitive conscience for the Lord. Daniel chapter 6:10 says Daniel made sure to kneel in the direction of his homeland (Jerusalem) three times in a day, praying to God.
The Lord never says you have to do this exact “ritual,” so you’re free from feeling tied to that. However, kneeling in pray was something I adopted for a season. Now, it didn’t make my prayers magic spells or snap me into being a super-Christian. Yet I enjoyed the private act of showing my King he had a subject who would bow to him. It quieted my heart to remember the physician who soothed it. It urged me to innocence in thought, faithfulness in action, and a fear of God. Christians are already instructed to “pray without ceasing.” One way to embrace the urgency of this command is to carve out prayer time three times per day, as Daniel did. We go to great lengths to avoid prayer. Daniel decided he’d risk getting torn up by lions for it. “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Finally, submit to a mentor. I implore you to find a Naomi. Imitate a godly woman; not necessarily someone you think of as a friend, but someone you’d be honored to call “family.” Ruth was a widowed adult, but that didn’t stop her from submitting to Naomi while God worked out his mission (Ruth 2:22-23, Ruth 3:1-5, Ruth 3:16-18).
We’ve boiled down the pages of Ruth to the Bible’s bachelorette series. However, her timeless romance is a submission story. Her first husband was buried, and her life left for dead. Adamant on journeying with Naomi, she chose to live with her mother-in-law (Ruth 1:16-18). As a woman in the ancient middle east, Ruth didn’t have many “rights,” but she certainly wasn’t required to display lifelong allegiance to the mother of her dead husband. However, she did. Ruth recognized that she wanted her life to look like Naomi’s life. As the relationship endured, Ruth stuck with it accepting Naomi’s counsel, obeying her instructions, and risking her emotions to carry out the elder’s directions concerning Boaz.
Remember friend, in any area of expertise, novices are encouraged to grow by learning from the greats. Check your attitude toward your job, boost your prayer life, and seek out godly counsel. I pray these things will help point your eyes to Jesus, causing you to delight in his name. May they make the heart bubble in joy for Jesus, bow in recognition of its own inefficiency, and beat for the glory of God.
Ireland Kost // @little.island
A junior at Columbia International University, Ireland E. Kost is double majoring in Teacher Education and Bible with a minor in Music. When she isn't studying, you might catch her dancing, drawing, sipping chai tea, or writing short stories (past midnight) for everyone. Professionally, Ireland works in the admissions office at CIU, promoting her school, planning events, and recruiting students. She is thrilled to be writing as a Delight blog contributor this season while developing as an author. Additionally, Ireland choregraphs and teachers ballet for children. She's a native of sunny Columbia, South Carolina.