We’ve heard it from our loving family members, close friends and even trusted doctors, “Don’t worry. It’ll work itself out. Don't worry.” If worrying isn't helpful, then why do we all do it?
Perhaps the biggest reason we worry is because we don’t know how not to. We don’t think there is an alternative. “Trust in God” is not used when we can’t think of anything else to say. Rather, it’s a style of life! It means giving yourself completely to God moment-by-moment, leaving yesterday’s guilt and tomorrow’s fears all to Him. It’s complete trust in God to handle your anxious worry.
Gather your family together for this exercise: Think of one anxiety that is pressing in on you more than any other. Think of the one thing that is bothering you, that makes you tense up every time it comes to mind. Think of that one anxiety and then … let it go! Give it to God!
Thank you for joining me today, friends. I’ll leave you and your family with this mantra, “Lord, I’ll do the work, and you do the worrying.”
Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C. serves as the International Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Prior to his ordination Father Pinto received many degrees in areas ranging from Political Science to Theology. Ordained a priest in 1999, he served as a parish priest, vice principal and administrator of Holy Cross School in Northeast India. Father Pinto grew up in Kerala, India with his 8 siblings. In 2010 he came to the United States for further studies, pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. If you run into him, you may hear him say, "A life well lived is a life lived for others," a mantra he strives to live by.