As you work toward following your resolutions this year, you’re probably striving to improve things of this world — becoming more healthy, eating right, volunteering, and budgeting. However, this year, we challenge you to take some time to consider your spiritual needs and goals.
Benefits of Working Toward Spiritual Goals
By including spiritual achievement among your goals, you not only connect with someone greater than yourself — God — you can become a happier person.
Here are some ways you can start working toward your spiritual goals:
- Set a goal to read the entire Bible or Catechism within a year’s time or to read more spiritual books.
- Set aside a time each day to pray. Prayer prompts, such as a special alarm on your cell phone, may help you remember.
- Attend church services more frequently and actively take part in this experience with God and other believers.
- Put your faith into action. Whether you work in a local soup kitchen once a month, make a donation to a faith-based organization every year, or put a few more dollars in the collection plate, showing your faith strengthens it.
- Help your brothers and sisters. Lead by example. No matter what the faith or behavior of others, by standing as an example of Christ’s love and giving love freely without respect to religion, race, culture, or attitude, you act in Christ’s name.
Faith, Inspiration, and Goal-Setting
If you are inspired to begin working toward your spiritual goals, remember:
- Don’t expect to do everything at once. Start with one action, then add others as you feel the need.
- Don’t punish yourself if you forget or fail. God knows what’s in your heart. Keep on trying.
- Ask for support. Perhaps your spouse or parent or child or friend would like to join you. Sharing your goals with friends helps you to meet them.
- Assess your progress, not by how much you accomplished, but by how you feel. Do you feel closer to God? Do you feel you’re a more Godly person?
Working toward your spirituality goals has many benefits, including self-esteem, lessened anxiety, depression protection, blood pressure control, and life affirmation. However, the real benefit is living in God’s grace.
Join the Lenten Challenge
We know life can be hectic. Sometimes it’s difficult to make time for the things we enjoy and want to devote more time to - even our faith. Lent is the perfect opportunity to set aside time to invest in your spiritual journey.
This Lent, we invite you to join our Lenten Challenge!
In our Lenten Challenge guide, you will discover inspirational activities, acts of service, and moments of reflection that will help enrich your faith - and most take just 10-15 minutes a day.