As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Gone are the carefree days of youth when we have all the time to do whatever we want—now, there is always something that needs to be done, stat!
And while we may find time for the things we love doing outside of our responsibilities, we still sometimes forget one important thing: practicing our faith. So how can you sustain your connection with God while juggling everything you need to do? Read on! (Watch: A Prayer To Guide You On Your Journey)
Make Prayer a Habit.
Praying is the simplest and least time-consuming way to practice your faith. You could dedicate two minutes of prayer in the morning before you get out of bed, during your drive to work, or before you take your lunch. It could be as simple as saying, “Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings.” As long as you pray sincerely, God will listen.
Listen to a Spiritual Podcast.
Podcasts are a great way to pass time— or if you don’t have the time, you could just play one in the background while you’re doing your errands. Find time to reflect with Pints with Aquinas by Matt Fradd— a fun yet informative podcast about the life teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. (Read: 5 Spiritual Podcasts To Strengthen Your Faith)
Imagine yourself having a cold drink with the philosopher-saint while he answers all mind-boggling questions about faith. You may not have the time to chill with all your work piled up on your desk, but at least this gives you the illusion, right?
Yes, you’re too busy juggling your everyday tasks, but slowing down will actually do you more good than harm. Slowing down helps put things into perspective—if you didn’t hit the brakes, you would have missed an important detail in your project. (Read: 5 Reminders to Keep Yourself Focused When You’re Feeling Out-Of-Sorts)
Of course, you have to work at a pace where you know you will be meeting deadlines, but pushing yourself too hard is not really beneficial for your goal. Re-configure your schedule and set a time for silence and reflection. This way, you will eventually realize that God is providing everything you need— all you have to do is calm down and trust in Him.
Offer Your Successes to God.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux was known for her “little ways of loving”— or her habit of offering everything she does to God as a way of showing her love for Him. This is much like praying, except that it doesn’t take a lot of time from your busy schedule. In fact, you don’t even have to set a schedule for this! Just make a habit of offering your commitments to God, and you’re good to go.