"We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises." Hebrews 6:11
Do you sometimes grow weary of churchwork and service? Is it a drag to get to mass? Do you do the least you can do to ease your conscience, or are you on fire for the Lord and His Kingdom?
It’s not unusual to get tired of the same old routine. And sometimes with all of the busyness and stress of daily life in today’s world, we have a hard time squeezing in the good that God asks each of us to do.
I think one of the ways to stay excited about living our faith is to make sure we switch things up from time to time. Try a different prayer form; play some Christian music during your prayer time; read a good book about living our Catholic faith, or study the life of a saint you don’t know.
Do you find joy in whatever service you’re doing? If not, maybe it’s even time to volunteer for a new and different ministry? Be sure to pray about that, but if you don’t have a spark for your ministry, you may not be the best person for the job.
Take some time each day just remembering that Jesus went to the cross so that you could enter heaven someday. Whenever I really take time to quiet myself and thank Him for His sacrifice, my heart fills with joy and thanksgiving and I want everyone to hear the Good News.
May the Lord refill each of us with the fire we need to "demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end".
Janice Carleton and her husband Jim live in Portland, OR and partner with Passionist Fr. Cedric Pisegna in Fr. Cedric Ministries. Janice also leads retreats and has written her first book called "God Speaks to Ordinary People – Like You and Me". She is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 6. Visit Janice’s website at http://www.janicecarleton.com/ or email her at [email protected]