Last Tuesday I promised you a series on setting spiritual goals. The response I received back was incredible! Thank you so much for sending your comments and encouragement!
If you didn’t see that post, the gist is that we often set goals for ourselves for our finances, fitness, etc, but not for our spiritual life.
So today we begin setting spiritual goals. We want to find the right balance between finding a goal that can really make a difference for you in your relationship with Jesus Christ, and not being so difficult that it gets laid aside after a few days.
Below are 3 methods to finding the right goal for you. Regardless of what you end up with, follow these 2 rules:
- Don’t make it too hard or easy.
On a scale of 1-10, it should be at a level of about 4-6.
- Put a time frame on it and commit to it
We’re going to try on our goal for 2 weeks. So make sure you’ve worked toward your goal in some fashion by next Tuesday.
Method One: Make a List
Start by making a list of what you think you do well in your faith right now. It may be something as simple as saying a 4 word prayer in the morning when you wake up. Or perhaps you haven’t missed a Sunday Mass for 5 years straight.
However small the act of faith, write it down and don’t judge yourself. If the list is only one tiny item long – even if it’s just the desire to do better – that is OK. You have to start somewhere.
The last thing you want to do is to start comparing yourself to others. Even if you think your neighbor is a much better Catholic than you, you have no idea what their relationship with God is like, and frankly it’s none of your business.
You are here to grow your relationship with God, not run a race against someone else.
Now pick something on your list, and multiply it.
Do you say a 4 word prayer when you wake up? Can you expand that into a 30 second conversation with God every morning before your feet hit the floor?
What about Mass attendance? Can you improve from 2-3 times a month to 3-4? What would that take?
Or maybe you haven’t missed a Mass, but you don’t really pay attention during the consecration. Learning more about the rote prayers we say during the consecration can be really eye-opening.
Method Two: Called to do better
Do you have a hunch that God is calling you to do something? Sometimes that calling is a little tickle of a feather, sometimes it’s a 2×4 knocking us over.
Discerning God’s will is perceived by many as difficult, but oftentimes we just don’t want to face the answer.
Don’t wait for the 2×4. What is it you think God is calling you to do?
Method Three: Pick one
Sometimes people like to be told what to do 🙂
- Go to confession on a regular schedule
How “hard” does this rate for you on a scale of 1-10? What is one thing that you can do to make it easier for you to go?
- Go to a daily Mass
Every chance we get to be in Jesus’ physical presence is a gift. Is there a daily mass near you that you can fit in over your lunch hour, maybe just once a month?
- Consecrate yourself to Mary
This calls for more effort than other goals, but if you’re up for a bigger challenge, start with this book.
- Start a rosary, chaplet or novena practice
- Set aside 3 minutes every day just for God
Even if it’s just 3 extra minutes in the shower where you thank God for the many blessings in your life and ask Him to be present with you throughout the day.
So set your goal. Commit to it for 2 weeks.
Let us know how you did or if you need help.
Have a bless day!