It is that time of year when things begin to start up again - school, youth sports, religious education classes, Packer football, college football, football, football, and more football.
I realized long ago that for some people, if the devil can’t convince them that God does not exist, the devil will make them so busy that they don’t have time for God. With the busyness and stresses of modern life, it is easy for us to fall into this trap. Pope Benedict XVI warned at one time, “It is necessary to beware of the dangers of excessive activity whatever one's condition.” Although many of the things that keep us busy may be good things, we must keep first things first, otherwise our busyness can lead us to what Pope Benedict XVI called a “hardness of heart” where a “suffering of spirit, loss of understanding, dispersion of grace” can take place. Many times our busyness can cause us to lose sight of the presence and love of God in our lives.
So how do we perform our daily duties and responsibilities while living in the presence of God? For many of us, it might be a matter of scaling back on our activities to a more manageable amount. For others, it might be a matter of allowing God into the busyness of our lives and offering up all the activities to God as little moments of love. St. Therese of Lisieux said, “Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them.” Moreover, St. Jose Maria Escriva said, “Do everything for Love. Thus there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism.”
Another practice that might help is to build little moments in your day to remind you of God’s presence in your life. Immediately when you wake up, take a moment to offer your day up to God. Sometime during the day at a fixed time, take 5-10 minutes to silently be in God’s presence. Stop in at the church and visit Christ in the tabernacle, even if it is just for a brief moment. Even just driving by a Catholic church and recognizing Christ’s presence in the church can be a good practice. At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on how God has worked in your life throughout that day.
So, let us not allow the busyness of our lives to take us away from God, but rather use it as an opportunity to allow God into our lives and the lives of others. Know that God loves you and He has great plans for
Know that God loves you and He has great plans for you.
Shileng Yang, Director of Evangelization