We all love that feeling right after we get a new haircut or new hair color. Your hair feels amazing and the color is so bold and spectacular. We go home and can't stop staring at it and running our fingers through it. We even take pictures and send to our best friends. Some of us might even share them on social media.
Our hopes are that we can maintain that color as bright and vibrant as it looks straight out of the salon. We ask our hair stylist for tips on how to maintain the color and follow their advice. We buy hair products and special shampoos to keep the style that we want until it is time to touch up the roots, but the truth is that if we don't take extra measures....... it will fade away.
Perseverance is something that we all struggle with. We attend a conference, retreat, seminar and we feel the power of the Holy Spirit fill our hearts.
We decide to make changes in our lives and to become closer to the Lord. The Holy Spirit engulfs us and we want to remain in that feeling forever. But it is not that easy. The world around us has not changed, they are still the same, and they are not on fire.....
How do we persevere in a world that pushes God aside? In a culture where being Christian is no longer common place? In a world where life is not valued as it should be?
In the same way that we take extra measures to care for our hair, or other worldly things, there are ways to remain in the Spirit.
Confession is something that can truly benefit your journey. Being in a state of grace is a wonderful feeling. It gives you a sense of empowerment and a boost to do what is right. The more often you can make your way to confession--the better.
Prayer can move mountains. "The more one prays the more one wishes to pray." St. John Vianney said it perfectly. When we are away from God and we cease to pray in our daily lives we don't notice the abyss that we are living in. Once we make that first true prayer to our Lord and talk to Him as the Loving Father He is, we want to continue to be in that state. We are able to acknowledge the blessings that surround us daily. And we no longer pray only when we need something, we pray in thanksgiving and to give Him glory. It is truly a beautiful feeling to pray the the Lord.
Talking about what you are experiencing in your faith journey is also a big plus (in other words, EVANGELIZING). Being able to share the joy of the Gospel and what the Lord is doing in your life can help you affirm your faith. When you are able to profess it with your lips it becomes more deeply engraved into your heart. So tell everyone how much God loves them!
Surround yourself with people who will bring you closer to God. As much as we may want to follow the Lord, we live in a world that tells us to follow man and his beliefs, which are changing everyday. When you are among other people who share your same beliefs you may find that it IS possible to stay on the right path. And those who are quick to put down your faith, well, maybe they need to hear what you have to say.
Read more! I have learned so much by reading about our Catholic faith. It actually came easier than I thought. I didn't expect to enjoy reading apostolic exhortations. At this point in my faith journey, everything that I'm reading makes perfect sense. Reading Pope Francis' "The Joy of the Gospel" (Evangelii Gaudium) has brought so much joy and even tears of happiness in the love that our Lord has for us. It also helps us to be well-rooted into the WHY us Catholics do all the things we do. I only wish I had been this excited to learn about my faith sooner. So, READ, READ, READ!
These are some of the things that are helping me to stay closer to the Lord, and it really is easier said (or typed) than done. Everyday is a struggle. Every...single....day.... But, in the end, we will persevere!
So, go touch up those roots ;)
Just my humble thoughts :)