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Enoch-ify Yourself

by Josue Sanchez

Do you see that tiny little light at the end of the tunnel? It’s called summer vacation. It can’t come fast enough, right? You’re sitting on the floor, under the desk, with your pajamas on. There’s a pile of books all around you, the scientific calculator is buried under tons of scrap paper, and you’ve been reading the same paragraph over and over for the past 30 minutes. Just when your eyelids are finally giving up, your mom calls from downstairs, “Come on, sweetheart, breakfast is ready!”

Ah, all-nighters . . .

The end of the school year is quite intense. It’s the time you wish you had paid more attention in class, or when procrastination sends you a bitter bill. All the New Year’s resolutions to study and pray daily that were broken months ago come back to haunt us. Prayers such as “Dear God, if You help me pass the finals, I promise that I’ll read the Bible every day!” are desperately sent.
Somehow we experience a renewed desire to be spiritual. Call it a guilt trip if you want. Or maybe it’s totally genuine. It doesn’t matter; the truth is that in desperate times we tend to call upon Jesus.

Just when you think you’re about to collapse mentally, the end arrives. You’ve made it! Thank You, Jesus! You’ve lost a couple of pounds, and you’re really tired, but hey, you’re alive! You walk down the aisle on graduation day with a humongous smile, or you cheer your peers, knowing that you’ll soon walk in their shoes. Either way, there will be a few days of celebrations, family parties with lots of food, pictures, and gifts for the lucky ones. You can finally oversleep as long as you like. It’s been a tough few weeks—you deserve to rest.

Now is when trouble knocks at the door.

Yep, you heard me right. Trouble. After any intense adrenaline-fueled period of time comes the inevitable bajón. That’s Spanish for slump. In other words, your defenses are low. What kind of defenses? Physical, mental, and spiritual.
Oftentimes we get sick after the exams, when the stress is over. Even our mood changes, becoming easily irritable. (“Why do I need to get up, Mom? I’m off school, ain’t I? Gimme a break!”) And Jesus? Well, Jesus has been quietly moved backstage. Suddenly you’re bored.

This is when you are more vulnerable to temptation. Boredom and trouble are first cousins. They work together as a pendulum, going from an attitude of “I’m so bored” to a totally spontaneous “Let’s do this!” There’s not much thinking involved. It’s like fixing a meal when you’re starving—you grab whatever is at hand, and somehow vegetables and other healthy stuff are never at hand! When you are bored and have nothing planned, telemarketers call your cell, eager to fill your agenda with exciting ideas. Now, bear in mind, there are two “telemarketers,” so to speak: Satan and Jesus.

It’s time to Enoch-ify yourself.

Enoch was a man who made it to the faith hall of fame (Hebrews 11). He lived before the flood and is best known for taking long prayer walks, so long that he’s still walking with God—literally—that’s because he’s in heaven right now! Now, what has Enoch to do with the price of tea in China? Nothing. But it has a lot to do with your summer. Let me explain: if you want to beat boredom and stay out of trouble this summer, you need to plan ahead. For a plan to succeed it needs to have priorities set right. Who is at the top of the list? You guessed right—God. Enoch’s top priority was to walk with God. There you go.

What exactly does it mean to walk with God? Isn’t that, like, super-boring?
Nope. Enoch had sons and daughters, so it’s not as though he was gone all the time—he had a life! Walking with God means to have the notifications set to “always on” in your spiritual settings—and to reply. It’s to check your newsfeed daily—aka reading your Bible. It’s to send private messages—praying. Walking with God is also to update your status and tag a bunch of friends—sharing your faith with others. Walking with God will play a big role in choosing friends, to whom you subscribe, and even what shows in your relationship status.
Sound good? Great! So stay tuned. This is exactly what we are going to talk about for the next few weeks.

Josue Sanchez is a youth pastor and freelance writer from Ontario, Canada.

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