What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ every single day? What does a disciple of Jesus do? What should a disciple of Jesus be good at? These seem to be very simple questions and one might think that there are simple answers. I’ve seen this question asked so many times in online groups, in ministry meetings, etc. and I can assure you it’s not as clear as one might think.
Being a disciple of Jesus is a relationship and we respond and act differently in different relationships. Different things are needed in different relationships. God loves each of us differently and uniquely and our role is to respond and to be in a particular relationship with Him. So, I want to share with you some ways that you can ensure you are grounding yourself and ordering your life appropriately to be able to respond and receive the relationship that God desires to give you today.
Gratitude opens our hearts to receive even more. It also helps to remind us that all good things come from God. Start your day with gratitude, strive to see the good in things, and strive to speak more positively about others and the situations that you’re in.
Maintain Good Friendships
Making sure you have others with you on the journey is so important. When you have friends that know where you are going and are committed to helping you get there, they’ll be able to tell you when you’re going the wrong way and help you when you fall.
Take Care of Yourself
One priest I knew often shared the acronym H.A.L.T which stood for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself to avoid these four pitfalls. Oftentimes, it’s when you are experiencing one of these four things that you lack the discipline needed for the day.
Anticipate Your Day
For me, one of the greatest challenges is when I’m surprised by something that upsets me or upsets my day. Over time, we can come to know how the evil one tries to upset us or throw us off our game. Take time to anticipate what’s coming up in your day, how you may be challenged or tempted, and ask God for the grace that’s needed. When you have an idea of how you will struggle, you can also mentally prepare and make adjustments necessary for success.
Commit to Being With Jesus
Sometimes it’s hard to see where Jesus is throughout your day. By committing to prayer, attending Mass, and being with people that you know are striving to be with Jesus as well, it can give you the confidence that you are where you’re supposed to be.
These are just a few ways that I know have been helpful for me. Just remember that this isn’t necessarily a cookie cutter way that you’re called to be in relationship with Jesus. Focus more on doing His will each and every day and ensuring that you’re living your life as a response to His love for you. Finally, be always ready to receive and go where He is calling you to go. These suggestions are intended to help you do just that.