Doing the Right Thing
It’s never too late to do the right thing.
When I started working on Catholic Husband early last year, things were going well in my spiritual life. I had a solid daily prayer routine, I was making good choices in my relationships with others, and everything seemed to be going quite well. Then, things changed. It wasn’t as easy to do the right things. I got lazy on my prayer routine.
I can remember exactly when things became much more difficult. It was during Lent, right after the Sunday where we heard about Jesus’ temptation in the desert. After some time, I made the connection. It was only when I was actively working on Catholic Husband that the temptation was intense. I knew that if I was being singled out for particular temptation, I was on the right track.
Starting to do the right thing is a great feeling. You’ve turned over a new leaf, you’re making solid forward progress, perhaps for the first time in a long time. Early on though, you’ll be tested.
This happens every New Year. People make resolutions, it goes well for a week or two, and then they trail off. Doing the right thing is never easy.
You might have experienced this when starting a prayer routine. You had a plan and then things just came out of nowhere.
What are we do to?
- Be realistic. The Devil doesn’t like when we make good choices. He doesn’t like when we do things that bring us closer to God. So if you’re particularly committed, buckle up. Things are going to get rough. Prepare yourself for a new level of temptation and attempted derailment.
- Know where the traps are. God wants us to strive for perfection, but He never faults us for falling short. My goal is to write two posts each day. There are some days I write none. On the days when I don’t write, it can be easy to become discouraged. So I resolve to do better the next day. The same is true for your prayer life. If you miss a day, or even a week, simply pick it back up and keep walking! Despair is never from God.
- Stick to the plan. When we develop plans, we assume that we can do no wrong. It’s idealistic, sure, but it helps us to stretch. We ignore everything that could get in our way. We’re invincible! So set your plan, and stick to it as closely as you can.
Above all, know your why. If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, in times when you’re challenged, it can be easier to overcome. Deeply held convictions for doing something can be extremely helpful in times of adversity. For example, the why of Catholic Husband is for me to share the good news of the married life. So when I’m tempted to walk away or skip writing for a few days, I remind myself that this message needs to be shared.
It’s always a challenge to do the right thing, which makes doing it all the more satisfying.