In all things, the providence of the Father reigns supreme. "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Yet, how quickly we forget this and seek to control. This deceptive desire for control - ever so tempting - leaves us groping for our version of perfection, constantly struck down by disappointment when things don't work out, and (often, without even knowing it) distancing ourselves from the loving care of our heavenly Father.
But life is not in our control, and nothing we do will ever be perfect. Embrace these realities and two new experiences emerge. First of all, we begin to see the imperfections of life as constant reminders that this world is not our home. We are strangers and sojourners in this life (1 Peter 2:11), and we're destined for a heavenly homeland where all true perfection is attained. Second, we're able to watch God work. "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Corinthians 4:7); for it's not in spite of our weaknesses and imperfections, but through them, that his saving power is made known.
It will never be perfect. Do it anyway and be joyful. Don't be afraid to fail and watch what God can do in your life. Worldly anxiety and unhealthy stress is for heathens.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered