“Awesome”. Try to picture that word in your head. Visualize the most awesome thing you can think of. The coolest, most amazing, and most astounding thing you have ever seen. I would’ve told you to close your eyes, but then you couldn’t really read the post. Ah well. Anyway, think of what you just visualized. If you though of JPII holding a Koala, you’d be like me.
You may be cool, but, you’ll never be St. JPII-is-holding-a-koala-cool. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, pure and total awesomeness. As, you can tell, I like that word. And not without reason. The word mean “to inspire awe”. And to me, the most awe-inspiring thing is God. Well, He’s not a thing, but you get the idea. So, anything “awesome” in it’s purest form is anything like God.
You may have heard of the Universal Call to Holiness (I certainly hope so). The idea is that no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you’ve done, you are called to be a Saint. When I was confirmed, I chose St. Josemaria Escriva as my patron. At the time he lived, there was a lot going on. Well, duh, it was the Spanish Civil War. But it was also a time of struggle in the Church. Priesthood was seen widely as just another job you could choose from. But one of the biggest wrong ideas of the time was that only religious (priests, nuns, monks, etc.) could be a saint. Josemaria started Opus Dei, or the Work of God, dedicated to making saints out of ordinary people. Not only that, but to do every single thing for the Glory of God.
St. Josemaria liked to get up early in the morning, and say the Morning Offering the moment he woke up. He asked people how could they expect to win the day’s war if they lost the first battle to laziness? He would get up and squash temptation before it even had the chance to yawn. Pretty awesome. Whatever he did, it was for God. Now, I don’t expect any of you to be praying a rosary while you take a final exam. We’re not that good, well, I’m not at least. You guys might be. Giving everything to God is amazing, but it is really hard to achieve if you’re not used to it. So, I propose something simpler to get you on your way.
Here it is. Whatever you do, be awesome at it. Do it well. If you’re a baseball player, swing like Jesus was your coach. If you’re taking a test, study like Jesus was your teacher, or maybe your mom, that might inspire you not to fail more. If you are a doctor, operate like Jesus was your patient. If you’re a babysitter (or just an older sibling, like me), care for the kids like you were holding the infant Jesus in your arms. If you blog, write like Jesus is going to read it (because He is!). You get the idea. If you’ll do that, you can’t go wrong.
Just because that was kind of vague, here are some easy to do and simple ideas for being Awesome, each and every day of the week. The way this works is that you try to accomplish all of the goals everyday, but focus the most on the one for the prescribed day. Here we go:
- Monday: Smile more often. Frowns take more muscle anyway.
- Tuesday: Talk to God. No need for a set prayer. Have a conversation with Him like you’re sitting at the coffee shop with your best friend about whatever you want. Tell Him about your day, or about how fun that new video game is, or about how amazing this “Catholic Teen” blog is.
- Wednesday: Laugh. Not only does it relieve stress, but it gives you an excuse for looking up memes during study hall.
- Thursday: Listen to good music. I mean good music. I want none of this Taylor Swift nonsense.
- Friday: Read a good book. If you can’t think of one, read the Lord of the Rings.
- Saturday: Try your hardest at everything. You have no good reason not too.
- Sunday: Relax. If you care enough to have read this far, you are probably a hard-working and devout Catholic who is in no desperate need of my advice, except maybe this one. Humans are designed to need rest, so we Catholics vote an entire day to it (how typically awesome of us).
This isn’t all you can do. This is more like The Beginner’s Guide to Being Awesome. It is more concerned about how you are at work or school than how you are at church. Confession should definitely be somewhere in there, along with Mass and stuff.
You might think that you’re just an average citizen, an ordinary person. But there is no such thing as ordinary. You are a child of God! That is pretty extraordinary! The saddest thing I see everyday is someone who has forgotten who they really are. You’re AWESOME! Start acting like it!
In Christ, Catholic2theMax