Chutes and Ladders
“Beware of the thief on the street that will steal your purse and beware of the thief in your mind that will steal your promise!“
In today’s episode, Beth is using the classic kids’ game, Chutes and Ladders, to illustrate our journey to Heaven, with all of its chutes of disappointment and ladders of virtue. She explains how to discipline disappointment, and encourages you to dive into fasting and your Catholic community in order to reach your goals.
Discipline your disappointment by choosing to get back up and try again after a chute experience, and by avoiding negative self-talk. Beth uses her book club and St. Michael’s Lent to illustrate the importance of a strong Catholic community that will help you up at the bottom of chutes and support you back up the ladders. She also shares a quote by Jim Rohn, suggesting that we should guard our thoughts from the thief of joy as carefully as we guard our homes from normal thieves: in other words, avoid negative self-talk that will keep you crying at the bottom of the chute, instead of looking for the next ladder.
Life is full of chutes. You get to decide if you want to ride down them and give up, or if you want to stand up and find the ladders God has scattered near you. Imagine the future goal you are trying to accomplish. Feel it. Live in it. And go look for your next ladder. As Beth says, “Being a saint is the real Chutes and Ladders game, and Catholic fasting will surely get you there!”
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