Last Sunday at Mass our priest made a small comment in passing which really caught my ear. He said that if we were "self-reliant" we were without God because we are supposed to rely on God, not on ourselves.
The comment took me aback. I'd never thought of it that way. In a culture that worships "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" (what does that mean, anyway?) and in a country that makes millions (probably more like billions or even trillions!) on self-help books, guides, workshops, and more, I certainly had never heard it put so directly that we have to rely on God, not on ourselves, in life.
Now, of course I recognize that God has given each of us different talents and that He expects us to put those to good use - not just sit on them and return them to Him without interest. We don't just sit around and wait for God to take care of all of our problems in life. But, how often do we try to tackle our problems without consulting Him - without going to God in prayer? I know I am guilty of doing that more than I would like to admit. In the end, though, whether God gives us the knowledge and skills to go through life or whether He "parts the seas" for us, we are absolutely dependant on Him. We rely on Him. We can't even breath or think without His sustaining power.
Let's take a few moments to consider whether we are relying on God or ourselves in life. And let's thank God for His ongoing love which sustains us from moment to moment.
It's 3 o'clock somewhere
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