In an interview with YouVersion, Grammy-award winning artist Tori Kelly explained how her relationship with God and His word has impacted both her career and navigating life.
Kelly, who grew up in a Christian family and whose faith is “everything” to her, shared with YouVersion how her faith became her own after going to church with her family for so many years.
“My faith is everything to me! I did grow up in the church but I think maybe like some other people who grow up in the church you kind of get to a point where your faith really becomes your own and it’s not about what your parents say or what they believe,” Kelly explained. “It’s really like, ‘oh no, this is real to me. I have experienced the presence of God and I know that this is my own faith.’”
YouVersion asked Kelly what her spiritual disciplines look like on a daily basis, to which she shared that she spends time in the Word of God every single day, alongside periods of prayer. Those two coupled together and being intentional about sitting down with God is a priority to Kelly.
The singer added how important it is for her to stay consistent and intentional with both reading the Bible, talking to God, and simply spending time in His presence.
“I mean it is life to me, I don’t really know how else to explain it other than it’s so essential, crucial,” she explained.
She added that it’s often not until life begins to unravel that people notice the importance of both a relationship with God and practices like reading the Bible.
“‘Oh my gosh why do I feel this way? I feel horrible and I feel like I don’t hear God’s voice, like what’s going on?’ It’s that routine just like anything else,” she added.
Kelly compared it to working out, and how you can’t expect to see changes in your body if you’re not actively working out. It’s the same way with your relationship with God. If you are not actively seeking Him out, you won’t see growth in your relationship with Him.
In a recent “I Am Second” interview, Kelly shared more about coming into her own faith after growing up in a Christian household.
Kelly, speaking to her 12-year-old self, and anyone else who was struggling said: “One day you’re going to grow into your own skin and be the girl that God uniquely made as you. And you don’t have to compare yourself to anybody.”
“I didn’t have to change myself; I can just be myself,” she said.
She added that once she learned how to wholeheartedly “surrender” to God, her faith began to grow.
“Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ,” from Philippians 3:7–8 is her life verse and motto.