May 21

Today's quotation:

Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness
and weakening its power.  A childlike and abiding trust
in Providence is its best preventive and remedy.

Tyron Edwards

Today's Meditation:

"Trust life," we're told by some, while others tell us that life can't be trusted at all, that we have to scratch and claw and fight for anything and everything we get.  Over the years, though, I've noticed something that I think is very important.  The people who are happy in life--not necessarily wealthy or powerful--are the ones that encourage me to trust life, while the people who tell me not to trust it tend to have serious issues that they really should be dealing with.  They tend to be cynical and critical, while those telling me to trust life tend to be open and caring and loving.

So whose advice should I follow?

As I get better at trusting life and not worrying about tomorrow or the next day, I find that things fall into place pretty neatly when I let them.  When I try to control outcomes, I rarely come up with the outcomes I desire.

I believe in trusting life--or Providence or God or whatever force we believe is behind the lives we live--for I've seen that trust rewarded time after time.  And when I trust life, I find that worry and anxiety simply are no longer a part of my daily existence, and I love living with much less stress and tension.

It's taken me a long time to develop trust because of family issues that I dealt with as a child, but I've found that putting effort into developing it has been one of the most important investments of my energy that I've ever made.  "Trust life," we're told, and we would do very well to follow that advice as well as we can.  When we're able to do so, we find our lives fuller, richer, and much more enjoyable.

Questions to consider:

Why do many people have difficulties with the concept of trust?

What do you think Tyron means by a "trust in Providence"?

When you trust, what happens to your worries and anxieties?

For further thought:

Remember always that there are two things which are more utterly incompatible even than oil and water, and these two are trust and worry.  Can you call it trust, when you have given the saving and keeping of your soul into the hands of God, if day after day you are spending hours of anxious thought and questionings about the matter?  When believers really trust anything, they cease to worry about the thing they have trusted.

Hannah Whitall Smith

  

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