So, you want to love God. You want to trust in Him, and to live as you believe. And that’s all well and good.
But how can you tell whether you’re on the right track or not?
I’m sure there are plenty of ways, and tons of spiritual advice out there from people far more qualified than I. But allow me, for my part, to suggest one little indicator that could help you on your way.
In one word, it’s – desire.
One of my most beloved spiritual writers, C. S. Lewis, is famous for saying, “Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. […] If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church backs him up, stating: “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.” (CCC #27)
And Christ Himself has said to us: “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” (Jn 6:25)
We are born with a restlessness in our hearts, a yearning that cries out to be satisfied. And there is only One that can fulfill that desire – as St. Augustine says, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
But that’s certainly not our first inclination. When we find ourselves restless, anxious, bored, tired, or engaged in an existential crisis, where do we tend to go first – prayer, or Netflix? Adoration, or chocolate and ice cream? Scripture, or Facebook? More likely than not, whenever we really feel thirsty, we forget to take a drink from the Living Water that is our birthright through Baptism.
So, that’s my challenge to you today.
Do you trust God enough to let Him satisfy your desires?
Have you let God enough into your life that He’s the one you turn to in your daily dissatisfactions?
And, if not, what are some solid, practical commitments you can make that will help you turn away from the short-term junk food solution, to the only Bread that can truly, eternally, satisfy your heart’s deepest longing?
“Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life…” (Jn 6:27)
- S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, (New York, NY: HarperOne, 2007), p. 114.
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