“He who submits himself to God in all things is certain that whatever men say or do against him will always turn to his advantage.” — St. Vincent De Paul
A few years ago I was accused of doing something I had not done. It was a big thing, so big I could have lost my career over it. Needless to say it was a terrible time. Nine months later I was vindicated and my career began to thrive. More importantly, I felt much more solid inside. Spending so much time afraid of losing my livelihood forced to me to become more detached from that very thing. In turn, freedom replaced a need to succeed.
I’m not sure if this inner freedom would have been the result had I not been constantly praying in terror over the worst. Granted at times I felt God had abandoned me. But I kept praying.
People gossip. People say hurtful things. People sometimes even violate us buy stealing, physically harming, swindling, or betraying us. That list goes on and on. Yet, we are stronger than what happens to us because we have God’s Holy Spirit inside of us. Nothing can happen to us that will not bear fruit in some way, such is God’s promise.
Submitting yourself to God doesn’t mean you won’t feel afraid, angry, or hurt. It means that at you will grow in virtue and strength.
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