By Chris Cotone

In Cleveland, we’ve officially entered into the thick of winter. It’s cold. Very cold. I also recently wrapped up my winter break from college. It was a nice month of rest, relaxation and recuperation.

While all these are great assets to have on a long break, they have come with a heavy dose of inactivity. I’ve really had a hard time convincing myself to want to participate in any kind of physical activity. The winter, and the cold, has had a lot to do with it.

At times, I feel as if I’m in isolation.

The lack of motivation has centered itself around this wintertime barrier. With this lack of motivation comes a magnified “ordinary” time. Instead of pushing myself to make the effort to exercise, I allow my thoughts to wander and often think of every reason why I shouldn’t go.

There has also been a strong correlation between my fitness and faith life. When I’m feeling good and excited to run, I’m much more prone to devote time to prayer as well as be more attentive during mass. In contrast, when the “ordinary” moments come, I tend to initiate this rejection; rejection to be active and maintain my physical wellbeing. And most importantly, rejection of God’s love and helping hand. Often, when this is absent, I find my life becoming much more complex.

I drift away from doing things that make me who I am.

I begin depending on my own knowledge instead of trusting in God to lead my actions.

When the “ordinary” time returns, I go to prayer, asking God to lead me past these moments where I feel abandoned and in desperate need of God’s love and grace. I often recite this, “Lord, I trust in You. Help me to overcome my obstacles and recognize the constant work of Your love in all things that I encounter.”

God’s love is sufficient to guide me in the right direction in every moment of my life. God provides the motivation and hunger for more of Him.

It is God who orchestrates the movements of my heart and stimulates the desire to reach my own fulfillment in life.

It’s time to abandon the “ordinary” moments, and start living. I challenge myself to be active through difficult times, and be mindful that God is with me through everything. God is that extra motivation that I need to overcome the confusion and chaos that inhibits me from living fully alive, just the way He created me. “Let God Be God, for you.”



Chris is a current undergraduate student at John Carroll University, where he is majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications with a double minor in Catholic Studies and Business. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he loves all things CLE. You can find Chris spending time with friends and family, usually watching Cleveland sports or playing music with his dad. 

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