“Without God, you wouldn’t be able to even lift up your little finger.” This quote was mentioned during a Theology of the Body Series with Sr. Helena earlier this week. At first it seems like a very simple and “brush it off” kind of saying…but if you really think about it, it has deeper meaning than we give it credit. God creates all and He sustains all. If God didn’t think about us even for a split second, we would cease to exist. Even thinking about the magnitude of that statement is mind blowing. This is how dependent we are on God, it goes down to our very core and existence.
How many times do we get caught up in an “I can handle it” mode? Whether it’s with work, family, relationships or just life in general, we are very quick to jump to this mentality that all relies on us and our own strength to carry it through. Think how exhausting that ends up being! Think back to a time when you tried to take on the weight of a problem or struggle on your own shoulders…how did that work? Did you feel like you could handle it no problem without any issues or did it weigh on your shoulders and overwhelm you eventually?
When God created us, He created us for relationships. He reminds us in Genesis that “it is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). There is a reason why we are not meant to take things on alone, but more importantly, alone without God. In the simplest terms, without God we are nothing. The only reason we are here and we can do what we do, is because of Him. That is not a bad thing. It’s not demeaning or making us just a passive pawn in His hands. We play an active role in God’s plan, but we need to remember that active role doesn’t mean we take over.
When we wake up to go to work and are working on a particular project, do we remember that at the end of the day it is God’s project and not ours? Many times I get reminded that it is not my work that I do, or my ministry that I run…but God’s work and God’s ministry. Think about how different our days and tasks would be if we approached it this way. St. Francis de Sales has this amazing quote where he says that, “everyone needs at least 30 minutes of prayer, unless your busy then you need an hour.”
What would happen if the time we spent worrying at our desk was spent in front of Christ in prayer? Or the time we spent sitting in our frustrations because we can’t solve a particular problem was spend offering it to God and allowing Him to help us brainstorm? When we bring our minds back to the fact that truly we are nothing without God…the opposite becomes even more true. With God we are EVERYTHING!
Let us offer Him everything…and in all things seek Him FIRST!
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