WHAT TO DO DURING THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF YOUR JOURNEY IN FAITH. Written by: Michaela Mencacci
When we were baptized, our parents gave us the ticket to ride on our own spiritual roller coasters that have durations of a lifetime. With our first taste of the Eucharist, we stepped in the line that awaited the tracks. When we were confirmed, we made the choice to get on and lock ourselves in.
Once the over-the-shoulder restraint locked into place, our adult journey with Christ began.
Some of us have been riding for years and years, and some have just begun, but all of us will experience multiple spiritual highs and lows throughout our lives. Just as the highs are inevitable, so are the lows. The best thing to do about this, is to be ahead of it. To be ahead of your lows, you need to expect that they are coming. Next, you come up with a game plan for when they do come so you can get back on your spiritual high. If you are currently experiencing a low, all you have to do is acknowledge the fact that you are in a low phase of your spiritual roller coaster, and follow the game plan you made for yourself.
You can create game plans for any of the cardinal sins that you are more susceptible to falling to.
For example, if you know that you are highly susceptible to falling to sloth, then make a plan ahead of time. In my opinion, the best treatment for sloth is to make a schedule, follow a daily and weekly routine, and write out a list of goals you set in place for yourself. The idea in doing this is to create good habits, and to allow less room for sloth to seep back into your schedule. If you have fallen to sloth, a good start to getting active in your faith again is to set aside some time every day to spend with Jesus and to meditate. This will allow you to still interact with Christ while not putting too much on your schedule. Also, you should add a daily devotional to your morning so you can get your day started off with the mindset of growing closer to the Lord.
When dealing with any type of cardinal sin, whether it be lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, sloth, envy or pride, your lows may seem even lower. After going to confession, there are many things you can do to help get you back on your spiritual high. Go on a mission trip, visit the sick or imprisoned, help someone in need, go to bible studies, talk to your friends about your struggles; any of these things will help.
And of course, don’t forget the power of prayer.
Our roller coasters are all different. Some feel like they are soaring higher and higher while others feel as if they are plummeting downward with no end. Each of our roller coasters, just like each of our lives, will have ups and downs, loops and dips. All of us are part of an unpredictable ride that has already been set in place with precision and love. It’s not our job to make our own tracks, we just have to enjoy the ride.