Proverbs 3:4-7 tells us to put our trust in the Lord and not depend on our own insight and understanding. When we do so, God promises to make straight our paths. Trusting in God means that we put our lives in his hands and don’t rely solely on our own abilities and talents, though he gave them to us in the first place.
How do we lean or depend on God? Reading and listening to the scriptures, receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, and setting aside time to pray and reflect deepen our faith, and strengthen our trust in him. Saint Paul tells us, “Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:15-16).
If we aren’t leaning on God, what are we leaning on? Our society values independence, self-sufficiency, and a “try everything” approach. It’s good for us to take charge of our lives, learn how to do things for ourselves, and not expect other people to do them for us. Self-sufficiency is important as we take on more responsibilities. However, at some point we may think we can do it all ourselves and don’t need an anchor to ground us, or even anyone else for that matter. Perhaps we’ll end up thinking that we are always right in our thoughts and choices. That can be true if our choices are rooted in faith and compassion, but our thoughts may not always be correct, or our actions the most appropriate. Trying everything may not always lead to healthy choices, and we could decide to rely on someone or something else that becomes a crutch.
We want God to make our paths straighter, which he will do for us. As stewards we should trust in him, and he will show us the way to share our time, talent, and treasure with others.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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