In many homes the Internet connection and WiFi is the pulse of the home. My home is no exception. My children love watching their favorite shows and characters on our various streaming platforms. If we are enjoying said shows/characters and if our Internet or WiFi loses signal and disconnects, it definitely affects our home. I wouldn’t say it’s like the highest priority in the “emergency list” but it’s definitely up there in the priority to get the Internet and/or WiFi back in operation (I know…I know…#firstworldproblems).
Similarly…is it possible to lose our connection to our Faith? Absolutely.
Is it possible to lose our connection with God? Absolutely.
What happens if we do happen to get disconnected?
Is it still a high-class priority to get reconnected? Is it the beginning of a disaster if we do get disconnected (like it is with the Internet and/or WiFi in our homes) or are we fine with waiting and complacency?
Are we fine with waiting until the next chance we get to church?
Are we fine with waiting until the next chance we get a second to read the Bible?
Are we fine with waiting until the next chance we get to pray?
Are we fine with leaving it to chance?
Do you feel like you are a great Christian when you are at Church? Or interacting with your Bible study group? And then what? Where does it go from there?
Do you feel like you are a great Catholic when you are at Mass? Seeking communion or Adoration?Talking to your priest? Or helping our fellow Catholic individuals? And then what? Where does it go from there?
Do you lose your connection until it’s time to get back to Mass, Adoration, Bible study, etc.?
Without getting too technical here (I will leave that for my software-engineer-husband), I want you to think of your modem as what connects to and maintains the signal (our Lord). Then our connection is our daily lives, our daily interactions and conversations with others, and our daily routines that 100% require God to be within us – the attitudes and behaviors that allow us to radiate Christ into our daily interactions.
We must figure out what our modem is. I know that for our family, our modem is weekly Mass and daily family meals complete with grace before meals. I also know that personally, my modem is weekly Mass, routine Adoration, daily scripture readings, and daily journaling and prayer.
With my modem in place, I am better able to maintain connection to the Lord.
I say that these items are our modem because it helps us maintain the signal. With that signal present from my modem I am better able to maintain my connection in my daily life – in the routine tasks, in the time I spend with patients, and in the conversations with friends, family, and even strangers.
Maybe it’s different for you, and that’s okay! The trick is to find what helps you get and stay connected to the Lord.
With your modem in place, you will be better able to maintain your connection to the Lord. Once that connection and signal is there, you will be better able to fully radiate the love of the Lord into your daily life.
My challenge to you is to find what brings you closer to God. Then find what helps you maintain that closeness and connection to the Lord. Then you have found what helps you radiate the love of Christ out into your daily life and interactions. I say “find” because it is truly a search…truly a journey that you must embark on in order to gain and maintain that connection.
Make a list of what works for you. Make a plan to maintain that connection. And if/when you lose that connection and signal, make a plan to restore that connection and signal.
It’s okay to lose that connection, but with a plan in place reconnection is possible.