To persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith – we must exercise the spiritual muscle of faith, so-to-speak, or it will die within us; just like our physical muscles would atrophy if we remain sedentary. As with physical exercise, we all vary with our spiritual exercise. This is because everyone is at a different point on their faith journey. As a society, we run the gamut from atheistic to saintly. Yet, most of us fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of faith.
So where does that leave those of us who want to grow in faith? We can nourish our faith through the reading of Scripture. We can ponder God’s plan for each of us, along with the mysteries of faith. We can attend Church services. We can pray, asking for an increase in faith. We can perform acts of charity. As you can see, there are many ways in which we can exercise the spiritual muscle of faith.
How does one persevere in faith?
We persevere in faith by placing all of our trust in God, especially during times of adversity. We live our lives in accordance with God’s Commandments and adhere to His timeline, not our own. We give of ourselves everyday in service to Him and our neighbors; knowing that our good works, done with a loving heart, are pleasing to Him.
Have you given any thought to where you think you lie on the spectrum of faith? Do you want to grow in faith? Are you concerned that if you put all of your trust in God that He will do something with your life that doesn’t suit you? If so, remember the words from Jeremiah 29:11: “I have plans for you, plans to give you hope and to prosper; not to harm you.” And in the words of Saint John Paul II, “Be not afraid!” Now let’s get started exercising those spiritual muscles and running the race!