I’ll spare you the boring and highly personal details, but with my doctor’s blessing, I’m eating gluten and dairy free at the moment. I used to think this gluten stuff was made up. I mean, gluten-free stuff is highly advertised, widely available, and preposterously overpriced – all hallmarks of the latest fad, right?
But when I listened to my friend with celiac disease explaining more about everything she went through before diagnosis, I found some striking similarities with my own life long story. While I don’t have celiac, after speaking with my doctor, I’m aware that I may have some gluten/dairy intolerance that’s been seriously affecting things.
Now, baby comes first! So I’m all about eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet, taking my prenatals, and drinking lots of water. I’ve been feeling great! And since this baby is living inside of me, when I’m feeling well and eating well, I’m sure the baby is benefiting from that also.
As a friend and I discussed dietary swaps, and how I’m still eating a wide variety of gluten/dairy free foods, including dark chocolate and potato chips (not together…), she shared that she felt there should always be some wiggle room with healthy eating. “Unless you’re just that kind of person that can be super strict about it,” she said.
… which got me thinking about prayer life.
Isn’t that sort of how we look at the saints in Heaven? They’re the ones who didn’t allow any wiggle room in their interior life. They’re the ones who were super strict all the time about prayer, and charity, and following God’s will perfectly, right?
Not exactly. Saints are the ones who persevered. Goals are reached through perseverance, not perfection.Saints are the ones who persevered. Goals are reached through perseverance, not perfection. Click To Tweet
The saints are raised to the altar of the Church because of their persistence and their willingness to give their lives, in a myriad of beautiful ways, for Christ and His Church.
Regardless of whether the Church declares us a Saint years after our death, we’re still all capable of becoming a saint in Heaven. This is the goal! I don’t recommend searching for alternative paths on this one. As Patrick Coffin says, “Be a saint! What else is there?!” Well, there’s Hell, so… yeah…
We’re all capable of discipline in our praying, our eating, our exercise, our bedtimes… (And if you need help with the bedtime one, this video helped me a ton!)
We just resist discipline because it hurts, and it hurts because it molds us into better people.
Now here’s the trap. Sometimes we would rather give up than give ourselves wiggle room. Why? Because it’s EASIER.
“Ah, I didn’t finish my rosary from yesterday, or the day before, or the day before, or the day before.” (This is a true story by the way, I’m still mulling over the Luminous Mysteries from last Thursday…) “I should probably just stop trying to pray the rosary so much.”
That’s what it looks like to not allow wiggle room in our prayer life, and it’s one way the devil beats us down.
So, let’s not be defeated. Let’s persevere. Let’s keep praying the rosary. Even if we don’t always finish the whole rosary, let’s keep trying to finish. Let’s keep trying to eat well, to make it to our workouts, to get to bed on time.
So ask yourself – Is there wiggle room in my prayer life? I hope that we can be merciful with ourselves and answer “yes!”
“It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ. Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal.” -Philippians 3:14
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