Come fly with me
And I’m off to Spain and Portugal! I cannot believe the time has come! Like I said in my last post, these past few weeks have been so full. I haven’t really even planned much for this trip (a part of me is freaking out, but trying to just go with it). I’m so thankful that despite my busyness, God has given me the grace to go to Daily Mass and maintain my prayer life. One thing that keeps coming up in my prayer is that Jesus needs to be the center of my life. Not just on Sundays, not just in Mass, not just in prayer. But in every single moment.
TBH, when I go on vacay, He’s usually not the center of life. In fact, I cut off all communication with Him. My prayer life goes out the door. Daily Mass is not a thing. And I make myself the center of my life. I just want to relax. Have fun. Live a little. And sometimes I don’t think I can do that when Jesus is the center of my life. But, oh how I’m so wrong.
When Jesus calls upon Simon Peter to follow Him in the Gospel of Luke, He says, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” I don’t know about you, but that deep, unknown water scares me- even Peter has fear. He fears what his life will look like if he gives up the known and follows Jesus (I get you, St. Peter). But Jesus reveals Himself and calls him to go all the way- to not hold back. He says to Peter, “Do not be afraid; from now you will be catching men.” Peter accepts the invitation and centers Jesus in his life. I’m not sure the details of his life, but I’m sure it was anything but boring.
Like Peter, Jesus is calling us to deep waters, to the unknown, to maybe even discomfort, but where life is abundant. Life doesn’t have to be boring when you follow Jesus. I’ve come to realize that when Jesus is the center of my life, I can still do all the fun things. Actually, He makes them even more enjoyable. I only have to give up the things that lead me to sin. Good thing they’re not as fun as I think they are anyways.
I want to have more fun by inviting Jesus into my life, so I’m going to make sure this trip revolves around Him. Yes, I don’t have much planned out, but I do know that I want to go to Daily Mass. I want to spend time in prayer. I want to recognize God’s beauty and goodness all around me. And I want to have enjoy every minute. All I have to do is look at the life of St. Peter, be not afraid, and make Jesus the center of my life.
Here’s my travel outfit! Yes, these are the same pants I wore to the symphony. I love the versatility of these pants- you can dress them up or dress them down and be comfortable either way. This time I paired them with a black short sleeve top from Loft. I brought my jean jacket from Old Navy just in case the person next to me (my mom) wants to blast the AC on the plane. I decided to wear my Birkenstocks because they’re easy to take off and put back on after security and their great shoes to walk in, so I’ll be wearing them most of my trip. Surprise, I’m legally blind and have to wear glasses. And my Longchamp for the win because it holds all my goods. Get a similar look below!
I can’t wait to share with you how I centered Jesus on my trip when I’m back! Please pray for safe travels for my mom, roomie, bff from college, and me! I will for sure be praying for you! Leave a comment with ways you try to center Jesus in your everyday life! Thanks for reading!