I am human and I worry. I get stressed and am impatient. I THINK I worry less and get less stressed than others, but I don’t really know. I’m sure there’s many who do better and do worse than me.
When I am particularly worried, I often turn to google for good advice. I often find, the first thing I’m told to do is to breath. You might be told to go for a long walk and take stock in the things in life that are important. You might even read that you should drink three cups of chamomile tea. My favorite advice was to not google how to worry less.
I’m not saying its bad advice, but with Christ at the center, to be honest, I’m not sure why anyone would think it will all work out. Why will it work out if Christ doesn’t love us and want what is best for us?
Well, here is my advice for how to worry less.
For the next 9 days (the days don’t really matter, it’s not magic, but 9 is a Novena, so let’s go with 9), do this:
-Find a quiet place and pray the Rosary, good and slow. Mediate for a minute on each mystery prior to the Our Father prayer.
-Read the following, which is a short prayer from Dag Hammarskjöld followed by Matthew 6:24-34 and then meditate on the meaning of the prayer and passage:
The road, I shall follow it
The fun, I shall forget it
The cup, I shall empty it
The pain, I shall conceal it
The truth, I shall be told it
The end, I shall endure it
Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or 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 in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
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.”