Humble people are never discouraged, because they do not rely on themselves, but on God. -Fr. Jacques Philippe
I have been repeating the above quote in my head several times a day ever since I was first struck by it. I knew at once that it was one of the keys I had been searching for. I believe that discouragement can be interchanged with other states of mind that moms often suffer from, including worry and anxiety.
A major milestone in my spiritual life was several years ago when I became convinced that the secret to happiness is trust in God. I’ve tried to apply it to every aspect of my life, but it’s a long and difficult road. We can’t simply dump a bucket of trust, like paint, over our lives and expect it to cover everything. No, we have to meticulously and repeatedly apply trust in God to each little thing as we come upon it. It requires a lot of practice and a lot of grace, and grace is dispensed by God as he sees fit.
I believe the quote above is intertwined with God’s grace, because it gives the step-by-step instructions for trusting in God. Step one: Remember that I can do nothing on my own, that I am powerless. Step two: Rely entirely on God. There is not an easy way out or a shortcut or a lazy escape; this is true humility. It is permission to stop being so hard on myself. It points me to the next foothold in climbing the ladder of trusting in God.
Ever since I took note of these words, my goal has been to take the time to apply it to whatever is burdening me, discouraging me, worrying me. Whenever I take the time to do this, the burden almost instantly disappears. It’s only gone temporarily, though. It will come sneaking back, and I must try to remain vigilant with my weapon of this powerful quote, ready to slay “the dragon” again. The hard part is taking the time to do this, then doing it over and over again. Changing habits, especially mental habits, is difficult and takes a lot of practice. Instead of, or better yet, in addition to stopping to smell the roses, we need to take the time to stop and “smell” the power of God.