This Christmas break has not gone as planned. Yet, life is still SO good because I think it has gone very much how God has planned.
At the start of my Christmas break, I had grand plans to catch up on blog posts, write one every week, and even a few extra so I was ahead of the game come the start of my next college semester. But as you can see, that didn’t happen. 😉
Instead over the past few weeks, God wanted me to grow closer to him and strengthen our friendship.
I have had a lot of things to think and pray about. Questions to ask God and myself and new goals to set. You may even be able to say I’ve had a “mini conversion” like the type I discussed in this post. God has shown me how he has been working in my life over the past two years and called me to a new daily mission.
And yes, this ambiguity in all this may be peaking your curiosity. 😉
What questions? What mission? It’s hard to put it into words, as I’m still trying to sort it all myself. Yet, another time and another place may present itself those answers. 🙂
Of all the things I want to share with you from my experience is the importance of your relationship with God.
Our relationship with God is the most important relationship of ALL. It is only if we first have a strong friendship with Him, can we then have strong, beautiful, and holy friendships with others.
Relationships are very important to me. I will admit I thrive off of relationships. However, I have learned that the only relationship that will fulfill me is with Jesus. That is the only perfect friendship we can have because He will never leave you, never reject you, never hurt you, and ALWAYS love you. He wants what is best for you and will do everything to help make your best happen. That is a perfect and holy friendship.
It is SO important to foster and grow this friendship. To take that time to spend time with Him. Because time is how a friendship grows. If you never give your time to another person, that friendship will eventually fade away. That is why it can be so hard to maintain a friendship with someone who moves away.
If we want to grow our friendship with Christ then we must spend time with him in prayer, Mass, and Adoration. And the beautiful thing that results from this is the physical friendships that follow.
I think our friendships with other people are a reflection of our friendship with God. If our relationship with God is the only perfect friendship we could have and yet we don’t have it, we won’t know how to have a holy friendship with others.
Studies show that we become like the five people we hang out the most with. Who are those people? Are they helping you become the person you want to be?
Imagine if that first person was Christ?
Christ is the perfect example of the perfect friend. If we spend time with him then we can learn how to be that perfect friend.
Yes, we will never be perfect, but we are called to be Christ-like in our interactions with others. To be to others, that friend that Christ is to us. To love and give without ceasing.
Yet, we first have to grow that friendship with Christ.
If we first spend time with him and allow him to fill us with His love, we will then have love to give to others. But we must then give. God does not fill us with love to keep for ourselves alone, but to then to “go forth to all nations.” (I talked more about this in the last post)
Take the quiet time to grow your friendship with God and then go forth and be that friend to others.
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
*note: You may or may not have noticed, but the blog address no longer has “wordpress” in the domain. It is now desiringheaven.com. This means that I have purchased the rights to fully own my blog and the web address so I can remove ads and wordpress ownership. Before this, I had a free blogging plan and wordpress owned my blog. This meant that wordpress would put ads on my blog without my permission to obtain business revenue for wordpress. I don’t see the ads on my end, being the administrator of desiringheaven, but the other day I realized how horrible some of the ads could be and felt terrible that you may be seeing sinful advertisements on this catholic blog. I want this to be a safe, beautiful, and holy place for you to come to be encouraged to desire heaven. Therefore, I have made the investment to pursue this desire. I hope it can remain.
Please share posts that touch you with others so you can bring Christ to the people in your life.
I would also LOVE to hear you in the comments and receive your insight, thoughts, and stories to help me and others grow and desire heaven even more. 🙂