Lincy Helbing
Lincy Helbing

Through school, sports, struggles, friends, and family it's easy to become pulled away and distracted from your faith and relationship with God. If you’re experiencing this, you’re not alone and you can still become recommitted to your faith and relationship with God.

This year, I got the opportunity to attend the Steubenville youth conference in San Diego for the second year in a row with my youth group. I remember a speaker asking before adoration, “What keeps you away from God?” I really didn't think much of it then, but later

on in adoration it occurred to me that the only thing that has been keeping me away from God is myself. I realized that I get distracted with school, sports, friends and family and I forget to give God the time he deserves. I soon realized that I needed to become more committed and focused on my faith and relationship with God. 

When I got home from the trip, it was easy for the first few days, but a week later I found myself drifting away again so I decided to start small steps to keep me committed with my faith. The first step I took was setting a time each day to just pray and thank God for all the blessings of my day. From then on I would add a step at a

time, creating more ways for me to stay committed and devoted to my faith. 

From time to time it gets hard to stay focused but you have to know God still loves and forgives you for your mistakes. It won't always be easy, and you'll slip up from time to time, but through

it all God will always continue to still love and forgive you.

Here are tips to create a better relationship with God:

• Pray: Put a time in your daily routine for prayer. You can do this at home or even on the way to school every day if you’re a busy person.

• Go to Mass with your family each week.

• Alternate each week by going to adoration and confession.

• Look for ways that you can serve your community.

• Start a journal about your faith and to write to God each day.

The is a student at Marist High school and attends St. Mary Church in Eugene. She is Susmitha Helbling’s sister.