January 29, 2021
You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised…We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life. (from Hebrews 10:32-39)
Throughout Scripture, we are offered subtle pep talks. In today’s Letter to the Hebrews, we hear, “Stay with it! You can do this!” (That’s my simple translation anyway.)
We all need encouragement and affirmation. It is no different in our faith lives. Staying the course in our faith is difficult. There are challenges at every turn: societal norms, temptation, unanswerable questions, etc. Facing these challenges day in and day out can be exhausting, leading to faith fatigue.
Faith fatigue cannot be handled in the same way as physical or mental fatigue. If I have physically exerted myself, or the stresses of my job have me mentally fatigued, I can step away. I can stop the physical activity and simply rest. I can step away from the workplace in the afternoon, grab my fishing pole, and relax for a few hours.
However, we cannot set aside our faith. We can’t just step away.
Ironically, we deal with faith fatigue by delving deeper into our faith. We draw energy from the very same faith that fatigues us:
- We turn to prayer
- We seek out the support of faith-filled people who love us
- We participate in the Eucharist
- We focus on serving others
Hear today’s pep talk: “Stay with it! You can do this!”