When I was influenced more by the world than by Christ, I used to dread this weekend…the weekend before the Super Bowl and after the regular season when there was no football on at all. Now they have the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl so there is that fix for the football junkies.
I’ve noticed since my return to the Catholic Church in 2012, my interest in football and sports in general has diminished and my interest in my faith has increased and filled that void that sports was not able to fill. That’s not saying that I quit watching sports all together but, sports don’t have that appeal that they used to before, especially professional football. This is the first year that I did not watch a complete NFL game. I used to look so forward to the season before but for some reason this year, I didn’t miss it.
Maybe it’s age but I’ve noticed that Christ has started to become more of the center of my life than ever before. That is the beautiful part of our journeys with him. We get to look back, even if it’s just the past two years as in my case, and see how much we have grown spiritually. There are many individuals who claim that they have Christ in the center of their lives but do they really? I thought that I did when I had my reversion but looking back, I just started to place him back into my life much less thinking that I had him at the center of my life. If you don’t have him at the center of your life, that is alright! It is alright because you know what needs to be done and you know how to do it. Ask him to help you. A simple prayer that I use often is “Lord Jesus Christ, come into my soul and do with me what you will.” Ask the Lord to lead your life instead of vice versa.
So this weekend without football, I encourage you to try and step outside of your norm and try something new spiritually. Maybe it’s saying a rosary, going to confession or going for a walk to talk with God. Whatever it is, place Christ at the center of it and ask him to lead your life. Oh, and the most important part, don’t just make this a one time thing. Try your hardest to continue it on a weekly basis and let it grow from there. Buen Camino, Bon Voyage, and have a blessed journey