“But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil” (Mt 6:33-34).Our worry gains us nothing but wrinkles! Some say that worry shows that we don’t trust God. That may be true, but I also think it can come from a place of fear. It may also come a desire to be in control. Learning to not worry means learning to let go. Maybe we need to let go of the past and believe that people and outcomes can change. If our worry comes from fear, fear is often based in lies. If I believe the lie that I ‘m not good enough then I fear failure and so don’t try. And then I worry that I’m disappointing others and God. Letting go looks like this: eyes on Jesus on the cross, hands open and giving all your worry to him. Then, still with hands open, asking him to fill you with all the grace you need to get through what is happening. Be it getting your family ready for school or putting dinner on the table all the way to grieving a loss the grace you need is there. Ask, not out of worry; ask with the assurance that grace will be given to you because God knows what you need.
Copyright 2018 Deanna Bartalini
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Deanna G. Bartalini, MEd, MPS, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. Her Bible study, Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, is published by Our Sunday Visitor. Her website, DeannaBartalini.com, is for the Every Day Catholic. There you can find Deanna’s writing, free webinars on Catholicism, her podcast and social media services, and invite her to speak to your group, in person or virtually.