October 2, 2017 – “…My children, do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying. May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is – peace for you!”
This part of Our Lady’s most recent message has really stuck with me since I first read it.
How often do we find ourselves thinking about and worrying about our futures? Even the “take it as it comes” types, like myself, sometimes do, too.
The countless burning questions concerning a multitude of things we cannot yet foresee at this moment. Maybe it has to do with your career and personal goals/dreams; maybe you’re trying to find the right person to settle down with. Or maybe you, or a loved one, is struggling with an illness or disability. Maybe you and your spouse struggling to start a family without much luck yet. Maybe you’re fighting to get out of debt, or trying to find a new place to hang your hat. Maybe things are just simply not going your way, or you see things happening all around you, and you’re wondering if things will ever get better.
Whatever your reasons for pondering the unforeseen future, we’ve all been there. It’s an unpleasant sinking feeling not knowing what’s ahead of you and being stuck without answers. And the more we try not to worry about it, we just end up doubly worrying instead.
Our Lady sees our worries, and knows them because she, too, lived an earthly life like ours. She sympathizes with us completely. So, when she tells us “do not waste time” thinking and worrying about the future it isn’t because it doesn’t matter, it’s because it’s the the truth. Worrying, making ourselves sick over things (no matter how great or small) won’t do us much good at all. It wastes time, energy, and we lose our direction; we lose our faith in God. Instead of putting all our energy into worrying, Our Lady tells us that our only concern must be to live our lives according to Jesus. Only then will we have peace.
Our Lady is without a doubt correct. How? She is echoing the words of her Son. Let’s refer to the Gospel, one that Our Lady of Medjugorje has requested us to read every Thursday:
“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” [Matthew 6:25-34]
Can worrying expand our life span?
No. In fact it takes from us:
Do not abandon yourself to sorrow, do not torment yourself with brooding. Gladness of heart is life to anyone, joy is what gives length of days. Give your cares the slip, console your heart, chase sorrow far away; for sorrow has been the ruin of many, and is no use to anybody. Jealously and anger shorten your days, and worry brings premature old age. [Ecclesiasticus 30:21-24]
Research has also proven that stress negatively affects our health (mentally and physically) greatly. Not to mention, it can hurt our spiritual lives, too, if we’re not careful. There’s a reason why Jesus and Mary tell us not to worry ourselves so much. They know what they’re talking about. It’s for our own good. The Lord is well aware of our broken human nature, and how weak we are. He doesn’t want us doing any unnecessary damage to ourselves or others.
So, what am I supposed to do? My problems matter! I can’t just drop them and forget about them!
We can’t really forget our problems, no matter how hard we try. But if you got something on your mind—a struggle you’re trying to overcome, a decision you need to make, or a direction you’re unsure to take—there is one thing you can do:
No matter how insignificant or impossible you think it is: Just give it to the Lord.
Give your problem, your question, to Him and let Him take care of it.
Then, afterwards, focus on doing exactly what He and the Blessed Mother requests: Live your life according to His will.
Our souls are worth more than all our problems, hopes and dreams, material possessions, net worth, and everything combined!
Go back up and read Our Lady’s message and the Gospel:
May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is – peace for you!
But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
The Lord knows what we need way better than we do. He knows what we need in order to get by and which route to take that’s best for us. We are worth more than all the birds in the sky and flowers in the fields; we are made in His image, we are His children. How much more will He provide for us then!
July 2, 2016 – “…Trust in my Son, because He will do for you what you would not even know how to ask for. You, my children, you should be concerned only for your soul, because it is the only thing on earth that belongs to you. You will bring it, dirty or clean, before the Heavenly Father. Remember, faith in the love of my Son will always be rewarded…”
St. Padre Pio once wrote:
Live a quiet life. Cast out of your imagination whatever could dismay you, and tell Our Lord often, “Oh God, you are my God, and I trust in you; you will help me and be my refuge; I will fear nothing.” Not only are you with Him, but you are in Him and He is in you. What can a child in the arms of such a Father fear? Be like a little child. Children do not ever think about their future, because they have someone else to think about it for them. They are fearless only when they are with their father. Do the same thing here, and be at peace.
If we’re going through trials, it’s only because the Lord wants to strengthen us, teach us patience, and have more child-like trust in Him. He wants to build us up!
Our future needs to be directed heavenward first, on the face of Jesus; everything else He’s got covered.
Live this instant before you now first. Live it according to God. And if you fail, do not dwell. Pick up your chin and keep trying.
Pray to the Holy Spirit, whatever you do, first. Pray for strength, light, and direction; to lead us in all things, to speak and act through us; to illuminate our hearts and minds.
May 25, 2007 – “Dear children! Pray with me to the Holy Spirit for Him to lead you in the search of God’s will on the way of your holiness…”
The Lord will show us the way. He will give us the answers to our questions. Not when we think we’re ready, but when He knows we’re ready.
Pray, and live according to the Lord. And may Our Lady and the Holy Spirit teach us wisdom and virtue!