Find Your Inner Iggy

It Starts by Just Showing Up

by Matt Spotts, SJ

jPost-quote-Main“To value the health of a person is worth more than the treasures of the whole universe.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola

Knowing how Ignatius (over)values my health isn’t always enough to make me exercise at 6 a.m. I’ve spent years carefully cultivating my excuses: I’m too tired, I’m feeling a sniffle, I think I’ve got a bit of a muscle pull and so on.

Deep down in my heart of hearts, though, I know that a healthy lifestyle isn’t about feeling at my peak on any particular morning. Transformation happens when I show up day after day.

The same thing is true of my spiritual health. Church this week might consist of bad preaching and worse music. I might go to prayer bored and sleepy, thinking more about fantasy sports lineups and Jersey Shore spin-offs than about God’s place in my life.

But experience teaches that spiritual health isn’t about any one event. Our relationship with God grows over a long time, not an instant. It starts by just showing up.

You can find a few other keys to the long process of transformation in Matt Spotts’ blog post: The Spirituality of Showing Up

How does your relationship with God grow over time?

Iggy and Matt

Iggy and Matt

Matt Spotts, SJ, is a correspondent for The Jesuit Post, a website that covers Jesus, politics, and pop culture. Spotts graduated from Fordham University and now studies at Saint Louis University, where he’s pursuing a Master of Arts in Early Modern European History.


One thought on “It Starts by Just Showing Up

  1. Sue Henderson

    It is so true & I love the named concept “the spirituality of showing up”. For those of us who work rosters & Church attendance is affected by our God given careers “showing up” when you are tired, aching, emotionally drained or just plain fed up with life is hard. Strangely it is then I find God waiting with a blessing I did not expect. Maybe a hug from a friend, a person I haven’t seen for ages is there, a prayer from the service is my cry, a comment from the sermon hits the spot or God provides healing in the Eucharist. Maybe we should also consider the sharing of a cup of tea in a similar perspective.

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