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6 Ways to Keep Your Faith Alive After a “Mountain Top” Experience

August 10, 2016

It’s that time of year when we have the opportunity to supercharge our faith by attending a Summer camp or conference. This is an incredible opportunity to renew the passion we have for the faith, or to simply encounter God, maybe for really the first time. But sometimes it can be difficult to go from this “spiritual high” or “mountain top experience” and return to reality

 

When we read through Scripture we recognize that so many really cool things happened on a mountain top. For example:

  • Noah’s ark rested on a mountain as the waters subdued after the flood. 

  • God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son on a mountain. 

  • God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on a mountain. 

  • Jesus was transfigured on a mountain, crucified on a mountain and ascended into Heaven on a mountain.

Mountain top experiences were significant in the Bible and are significant in our own lives.

 

Once we have experienced this mountain top encounter, perhaps from a camp or conference, it can seem rather depressing or daunting to return to “reality”. How am I going to explain this new fervour for the faith to my family? How are my friends going to react? Am I going to eventually slip back into my old ways once this “spiritual high” wears off?

 

Let me encourage you. As much as Moses went up the mountain to encounter God, he had to return down to the desert with his people. The same people who, after God saved them from slavery and began their journey to the promised land, immediately started complaining! Moses must have craved those mountain top experiences, if for nothing else, to simply get away from the people. Yet God was with him, empowering Moses to stay strong, leading him and guiding him through that desert.

 

We can gamble to keep our faith alive from mountain top experience to mountain top experience or we can follow these SURE ways to keep an active and passionate faith life, day to day. These will help sustain us on our journey to the new promised land, Heaven:

 

1. Prayer.

 

Prayer is how we communicate with God. It's our conversation and the way we stay connected. Not only is it important to bring our intentions before Him in prayer, but also to thank Him for what He's given us and be silent so we can hear His voice speaking to our hearts. Make a dedicated prayer time each day and stick with it. Just like a workout, though it may be hard, discipline will yield results.

 

 

 

2. Reading Scripture.

 

Sometimes we feel distant from God and we long to hear from Him. We often forgot that God continually speaks to us through His living word, Sacred Scripture, the Bible. Though it was written over thousands of years to a specific audience, it is still just as relevant to us today. Try picking a passage and reflecting on how God is trying to speak to you through it in your own life. Perhaps begin with a great Catholic devotional or the Mass readings of the day.

 

Sometimes we feel distant from God and we long to hear from Him. We often forgot that God continually speaks to us through His living word, Sacred Scripture, the Bible. Though it was written over thousands of years to a specific audience, it is still just as relevant to us today. Try picking a passage and reflecting on how God is trying to speak to you through it in your own life. Perhaps begin with a great Catholic devotional or the Mass readings of the day.

 

 

3. The Sacraments, Mass & Reconciliation.

 

Christ gave the church a way for us to be enabled to live most abundantly by His sanctifying grace. He pours out His grace to us freely through the Sacraments. Mass is the highest form of prayer and worship because it's a participation in Jesus' once and for all sacrifice on the cross, the greatest act of love shown to us, so that we can be with Him in Heaven. Reconciliation allows us to approach God, recognizing we are sinners and the best part is that He offers us His mercy. We are forgiven and gifted with His grace to be enabled to live a holy life.

 

 

 

4. Praise and Worship.

 

Music and song have the ability to move hearts and minds and draws us into a higher place. Offering a time of praise to God before the tabernacle or in the private of your own bedroom is a great way to lift our spirits and present a "joyful noise" to God. No matter how tone deaf we are, God loves to hear the praises of His people. Sometimes worshipping along with great worship music on your iPod of CD player is a good way to enter in to praise with God. Need some music suggestions?

 

 

 

5. Learning. 

 

If you've ever had a friend, naturally you want to get to know them, right? Learning about our faith is one way we can grow in closeness to God. There are so many inspiring Saints from across history that make great role models or Catholic super heroes. The Apostle Paul instructed believers to, "be imitators of me as I am of Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1). Saints demonstrate for us that through the use of the means in which Christ gave us, the Sacraments, that holiness is achievable, by His grace and through endurance. Some great resources include YOUCAT and Catholic Answers.

 

 

6. Community.

It can be difficult to lead a holy life when we feel isolated. However, Christians were never meant to live in isolation. The first Christians lived together in community (Acts 2). Surrounding ourselves with others who are fervent in the faith is good because it enables us to encourage one another and build up each other in the faith. If you're friends are a bad influence and are causing you to fall, it might be time to decide what is more important to you, your faith or your friends. You can still be a light and encouragement to them by your example. We are called to live in the world, but not be of the world.

 

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