Keeping Your Faith Alive…
Finding faith can change our lives dramatically, but keeping it on fire can be difficult. Jesus told His disciples:
“Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.” -Mark 9:49-50, NAB
Faith, like salt, adds flavor to our lives. Insipid faith, or faith that has lost its flavor, will not have the same impact. Imagine some of your favorite foods without a hint of salt – french fries, popcorn, and so on. Our lives are just as bland without faith; they do not seem as fulfilling or gratifying.
If we’re not careful, our faith will lose its flavor over time, going from the vibrant times of when we first find faith to a regular, routined, methodical way of life. It’s easy to fall into routines – the same prayers everyday, weekly Mass, Confession once a month – and while these routines can serve a purpose, we cannot allow them to take the vibrance from our faith.
In my years as a Christian, I have seen many people come to faith quickly and burnout just as quickly. Faith fills their lives so completely that it can almost become intoxicating; however, over time, faith becomes a part of their daily lives – it’s not as exciting anymore. At this stage, this is when many drift back away from the Church. They don’t have the same intense feeling anymore and begin to lose their faith.
Christ warned us against losing the flavor of our faith. First, recognize that our faith will not always be as intense as it was in the beginning. Second, realize that the intensity of our faith, the feelings and emotions, are not as important as how much faith spreads into every aspect of our lives. By living out our faith, even in the mundane tasks of the day, we are building a faith that lasts.
The intensity of our faith is completely up to us. Faith can bring a rush of emotions, and I encourage you to enjoy that time. The rush will come and go and come again. We will have peaks and valleys of faith throughout our lives. For that reason, it is important to build a strong foundation of spirituality. Regardless of highs and lows, a strong foundation will help to keep faith alive.