There are a few people I really admire. Some are still alive on earth, while others have died.
One man in particular with his writings and what others have shared about him, speaks to me and to my life.
This man is Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. He was a Capuchin friar, who died in 1968 at the age of 81. He was a humble man who glorified God by his life, his actions and his prayers. He loved his God and loved God’s people.
One of his famous sayings was ‘Pray, hope and don’t worry.’
This is so easy to say but not so easy to do, especially in worrying circumstances.
But as Padre Pio so often said, ‘worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things HE can change.’
When put like this it shows us that worry is useless. It does not change anything and is bad for your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Whereas prayer- conversations with God – can change things, can change our circumstances as well as being good for our mental, physical and spiritual body.
God is the Game changer. He is the miracle worker, the creator of all. He is the Almighty. We could go on and on trying to describe who God is and what He does.
Do we believe it though? Do we trust in Him enough to give Him all our worries? Do we pray to Him and know He will fix our problems and change our circumstances? Do we trust that He will change things for good in His timing and will?
Part of Prayer, in a way, is humbling ourselves before God and holding up the white flag and saying I need help. The other part of prayer is revelling in Him, in our relationship with Him, loving Him, spending time with Him, praising Him, sharing with Him and Him with us.
In Lent as we reflect upon Prayer, we look to our mentors and reflect upon areas we need to work on, repent and try and change those areas and things we don’t like or the Holy Spirit has revealed to us (that He does not like).
Can we combine these together?
We can put in place good habits and try and change ourselves, try and have a better prayer time, try and act and be more Christ-like but sadly we often do too much DIY. (DO IT YOURSELF)
We need GTDI. (GOD TO DO IT). We need His strength, His grace, His input, His ability to overcome obstacles, overcome US. Remember HE IS THE SAVIOUR, we are not.
Let us ask HIM (prayer) to change us, change our families and change our circumstances.
Let us try not to worry, let us Hope in God and Pray to Him.
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want to talk you to today. Thank you for my distant mentors who help me to become more holy and more of who you created me to be. Help me lean on your strength and grace to overcome my obstacles and change what needs to be changed in me. I need you to do it. Amen.