We live in a crazy world filled with constant noise and concern. The average American has more stress than they can possibly hold on to. Our bodies are failing because we worry so much. What can we do, it’s all around us?
Christianity has been marked from the beginning by a presence of supernatural peace despite the world. A wise man learns how to let go of the world, choosing instead to trust and lean on God. In this episode I give 5 practical steps to letting go of anxiety and frustration.
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S02E22 Wisdom: Anxiety and Frustration
Continue under St. Thomas Aquinas
A Student’s Prayer by St. Thomas
Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance.
Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion.
This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever.
Male vs Female
Luke 12:22-34 (yes it’s long, we’ll unpack it)
He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[d] 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;[e] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his[f] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Trust in God
- Number 1 most common instruction in Bible, maybe 365 times
- What does this even mean?
- How do you really trust? We’re smarter than sparrows or grass!
- What is faith?
- Lithmus test: Do I think it will all fall apart with ME? Where does the buck stop?
- Visualize your self opening your hands
- Visualize giving it to Jesus
- Sirach 2:10 Consider the generations of old and see:
has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed?
Or has anyone persevered in the fear of the Lord[d] and been forsaken?
Or has anyone called upon him and been neglected?
- Control is a myth
- We spend the first 25 years of our lives learning how to control ourselves and things around us
- Children, always bonking themselves
- Teens, always emotionally bonking
- Young adult, financially bonking
- I keep thinking that one day I’ll finally master myself and the world around me
- Romans 7:14-15 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.[c] 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
- This is a terrifying concept, but it is so true in my own life. I’ll get to confession, escape a sin, and it seems like in almost no time I’m back into the sin
- The key is to realize how helpless we are, and turn instead to God.
- Choose materials or peace
- You cannot have it all. Broad path vs Narrow Path
- To be of Jesus is to be not of this world.
- Luke 9:57-58: As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
- God may also choose to give us great wealth, but that cannot be the goal.
- Mercenary intent vs genuine intent
- Marriage for love or sex
- General leading troops to war for self or for greater good
- Used car salesman or a noble salesman
- Remember that everything will rust and rot
- Repeat as needed
- This one is painful
- We are human, we are fallible, we will continue to fail
- Navy Seals of Repentance
- Hope is a theological virtue, ask for it.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
- Christians peace is more powerful than the world
- Early Christians “Look how they love each other”
- Christianity was illegal until 313 AD
- By embracing the faith of the Gospel the Christians incurred the supposed guilt of an unnatural and unpardonable offence. They dissolved the sacred ties of custom and education, violated the religious institutions of their country, and presumptuously despised whatever their fathers had believed as true, or had reverenced as sacred.
- No church holdings, met in houses
- When romans found them, story of how they would persecute
- Despite all this, the church grew from 12 people to over half the Roman empire in about 300 years. How?
- We are slowly approaching times that are like those early ones in our country/world now. Christian peace will be needed again.
- Trust in God
- Control – a myth
- Choose materials or peace
- Repeat as needed
- Christians work hard because we have peace, not in spite of it
Luke 12: 4-5
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority[a] to cast into hell.