Jesus just knocked your socks off at the SEEK conference and wants to continue that transformation for the rest of your life…the only question is, will you let him?
With over 12 years of these conferences under my belt both as a student and staff member, I’ve experienced and watched God work wonders in countless lives and I want your life to be one of those. I’ve also seen a number of people come home on a “SEEK high” only to crash and burn later, and I don’t want you to be one of those.
Whether you already had a relationship with Him or you’re just starting out, SEEK is like a starting line or a pit stop and Heaven is the finish. God-willing, you’ve got a long way to go before the race is done and I want to share with you 6 ways to make sure you reap the fruits of SEEK for a lifetime.
1. Daily Mass
“There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.” -St. Jean Vianney
Check out the daily mass schedule at your Newman Center or nearby parish and start working it into your schedule as often as you can. Receiving Jesus in The Eucharist will be your source of strength to fight the good fight, to receive grace, and to grow in virtue.
2. Personal Prayer
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” -St. Thérèse de Lisieux
Prayer doesn’t need to be the first thing you do every day but it needs to be the first thing you prioritize. Block out a chunk of time every single day and protect that as a sacred appointment. Prayer is vital to your spiritual journey. Oxygen is to our bodies is what prayer is to our souls. There will always be a temptation to cut this time short or to skip it, but I urge you to cling to this time with Jesus as if your life depends on it – because it does.
3. Regular Confession
“Confession is an act of honesty and courage – an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.” -St. John Paul II
Confession is a powerful Sacrament at your disposal. When we fall into sin, it drags us down even though we might not detect it with our human eyes. I encourage you to start making confession a regular habit in your life. Obviously, pursue it out whenever you’ve fallen into mortal sin, but start going a couple of times a month even if you haven’t. Trust me, you will start growing leaps and bounds as you let the grace of absolution tear down sin and its effects in your life.
4. Bible Study
“To become adult Christians you must learn familiarity with the scriptures” -St. John Chrysostom
If you aren’t already in one, contact your local FOCUS Missionaries for a list of weekly bible studies on your campus. The benefits of bible study are two-fold. First, no man is an island and we can’t walk the Christian journey alone. You absolutely need fellowship and accountability in your life and Bible study is a powerful place for these to occur. Secondly, encountering God through His living word will always leave you changed. As you begin to understand the story God’s been telling through scripture from the beginning of time until now, your faith will deepen and mature.
5. Start Sharing
“To evangelize, then, we must be open to the action of the Spirit of God, without fear of what He asks us or where He leads us. Let us entrust ourselves to Him! He enables us to live and bear witness to our faith, and enlighten the hearts of those we meet.” -Pope Francis
Don’t go home and get spiritually constipated. Our faith in Christ is meant to be shared and when we sit on it, stay quiet, or hide it under a bushel basket, our own walk with God will start to suffer. Be like the Samaritan woman from scripture, who placed her faith in Jesus and immediately went to share about him to others. God has placed you on your campus and in your specific classes, dorm, fraternity, sorority, club, team, and area of influence for a reason. Talk to people about what you experienced at SEEK and the ways God continues to work in your life from here forward.
6. Sanctify the Simple
“The sanctification of ordinary work is, as it were, the hinge of true spirituality for people who, like us, have decided to come close to God while being at the same time fully involved in temporal affairs.” -St. Josemaria Escriva
Last and certainly not least, I invite you to begin bringing the Holy Spirit into the small and everyday choices you make. It might sound weird at first but God is interested in being in the center of even the seemingly insignificant details of your habits: how you dress, what music you listen to, the types of movies you enjoy, your social media involvement, how often you call your mom, what podcasts you listen to, and your online google searches. Ask Jesus to come into these often overlooked areas and to make you holier even in the small ways, so you can keep growing in the big ways.
Some practical tips on sanctifying the simple stuff would be reading books from Catholic authors you respect, following older brothers and sisters in the faith on YouTube, social media, and blogs, checking out high-quality podcasts and consuming truth-filled online content right here on Benevore.
Put these tips into practice and you’ll see tremendous growth and transformation in your life. Jesus wants to be the center of your life, not simply a part of it or someone you only connect with at conferences. Invite him into every single aspect of your life every day from here forward and you’ll never regret it.