“You are the average of the top five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn
Keep God in your top five.
Spend time with Jesus, in the word, study & prayer.
We have the mind of Christ. We are like God, made in his image. Psalm 119 reminds us to meditate on his word. Jesus says I am the word.
6 ways to keep God intentionally in our top five.
1. Find a way to study scripture. Look up words and definitions. Read the context. Ask what do I learn about God? Join a bible study. Do a little homework every day.
2. Meditate on scripture or memorize it. Choose something to stay with you as you go about your day.
3. Pray. It’s a simple conversation with God. As you go… as you walk into a meeting, as you drop your kids off to school… talk to God about it.
4. Find a friend who also wants God in their top 5 & encourage one another.
5. Listen to teaching on God. Find a church, listen to a pastor you enjoy online. I enjoy listening to Southland Christian Church or Andy Stanley and my home church Flatirons Community Church. I also enjoy listening to audio books by Timothy Keller and Dallas Willard. Honestly ten minutes of these teachings are enough to keep my brain full for a few days.
6. Gratitude. Thank God. This is a month of thankfulness, practice thanking God.
No one is accidentally in our top five. These ideas are not to become religious, legalistic or routine. But, to be enjoyed with freedom, like enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend. Investing time with intention in my top five is a privilege. This is meant not as rules, but to be taken with a gain of salt. To be thought provoking. Hopefully encouraging. The efforts to take time to study, meditate, learn, listen and connect are of great value when trying to keep God in our top five.
Top five influences in our life. I just listened to a professor at Stanford Kelly McGonigal talk about the power of habit. Habits are contagious. Bad habits spread like an outbreak. Good habits are also contagious. “Everybody is doing it.” It’s a real motivator. Our everybody, our inner circle matters. I ask myself, what do I bring to the table? I’d like to be intentional to have God as one of my top five.