Is the glass half empty or half full?
This question has been used in studies to identify people as either optimists or pessimists.
For the rest of us, it’s a reminder that our perception of the world depends on how we look at things.
As for me, I’m an optimist. The glass is always half full.
Even if I don’t see it at the time, I believe things are for the better. It may be years later, but eventually I’ll look back and see why it was better.
I must admit though, during this global Coronavirus pandemic it’s difficult to recognize the positive.
Our movements are restricted.
Jobs are lost.
Businesses are closing.
People are ill … and some are dying.
One way or another, we’re all affected. And it’s easy to see how our anxiety level may be high.
Whether we’re an optimist or a pessimist, Jesus tells us we need not worry, our Father will provide.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
This week’s issue of Genuflect will help all of us trust in God’s ability to provide for us. We look at how He will provide, the key to His providing, doubting God’s abundance, and prayers, resources, and finding help in this time of need.
Don’t forget this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Join me in raising a half full glass to toast all our special Mothers on Earth and in heaven. I’m thankful for them and you!
Stay safe … you’re all in my prayers.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
What God Provides
“God will provide” is a popular saying, especially when it comes to finances. But it doesn’t remove our responsibility. Here’s what the phrase doesn’t mean, what it does mean, and most importantly, how to apply it in your life.
What “God Will Provide” Really Means | Consumer Catholic
The Key to God Providing
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to not be anxious about our material needs. Gary Zimak makes the case that our Father knows exactly what we need and will always provide for us … if we do this one thing.
God Will Provide For Your Needs – True or False? | Be Not Afraid
Doubting God’s Abundance
We see scarcity all around us in the world and sometimes we let that scarcity seep into our spiritual life. We project the scarcity onto the Lord and no longer recognize His ability to provide for us. Here are 2 ways to combat this tendency … and ensure you trust the Lord will provide.
When You Doubt God’s Abundance | Blessed is She
What Matters Most
According to Pope Francis, the Coronavirus pandemic is a call from the Lord for us to refocus on what is most important in our life. It’s an opportunity to get back on track with regard to us, the Lord, and others. Here’s what he means.
COVID-19 is Not God’s Judgment, But a Call to Live Differently, Pope Says | National Catholic Reporter
The Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the nation’s economy … as well as on our personal financial security. In the Bible Jesus tells us that if we approach these times in a certain way He will give us plenty. Here’s how.
We’re Made For This
The Catholic Church was born from troubling times, has endured many struggles, and has still remained a beacon of hope. Here are 4 reasons we Catholics will survive the Coronavirus pandemic too.
Catholics Have The Answers to The COVID-19 Pandemic | Catholic Digest
Turn to Prayer
Jesus didn’t promise our path to salvation would never be treacherous. We trust the Lord will hear our prayers during troubling times and provide us with the graces we need.
Prayers For Troubled Times | Our Catholic Prayers
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has compiled this page of Coronavirus resources. They range from Masses, prayers, catechetical materials, and reflections to help us strengthen our faith, even in these troubling times.
Ask God For Help
Sometimes we judge ourselves much more harshly than others do. We’re so focused on our faults that we lose sight of the good in us. And we struggle with asking the Lord for help because we don’t feel worthy. Father Mike Schmitz explains why we should always trust Jesus and ask for His help.
How do You Ask God For Help? | Bulldog Catholic
If you are in need of assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic, check with your local chapter of Catholic Charities. Many are able to provide financial assistance. Start here at the national site to locate the chapter in your area.
Find Help | Catholic Charities USA
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