BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Every morning when I wake up, I read a Daily Devotion from Blessed Is She, a website geared towards helping girls grow in faith with Christ (subscribe to them here). It's a good way to wake up and start the day, especially when the message really hits home, which it did for me today.
The Daily Devotion today talked about taking our difficulties to Jesus instead of trying to figure them out ourselves. And the author has a point: How often do we pray for others, but refuse to relinquish control of our own struggles? Allowing ourselves to give our problems to God is more than just trusting in Him, it's a step toward humbling ourselves before Him.
But how do we do that? I've yet to figure it out, but I have a few ideas that may be helpful:
1. Start every morning with a prayer. Before anything else, put God at the forefront of your day, whether that be just a small prayer before getting out of bed, reading a Daily Devotion, or saying the rosary.
2. Say the Litany of Humility. Daily if you must. It's imperative to consider all the ways in which you can grow in humility, and the Litany is a great start for that.
3. Ask God to help you grow in the areas you are lacking. But don't just ask Him to help you grow in general - ask Him to help you grow through Him. For with God, all things are possible.
Today I have decided to start the inevitably long process of giving up the control I have over my issues. All of the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical struggles I have, I'm giving to the Lord. Or at least that's what I'm working towards. I'll let you all know how that's going!
Continue praying for those around you, my sisters. Let's all pray for each other together.
Your Laughing Sister,
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