A very dear friend shared this prayer today. I think it fits very nicely with the idea of being faith-filled, optimistic, and joy-forwarding. Thank you, dear Cynthia for this prayer.
Give up complaining; Be grateful.
Give up pessimism; Be an optimist.Give up harsh judgment; Think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry; Trust in Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement; Be full of hope.
Give up anger; Be more patient.
Give up pettiness; Be more mature.
Give up gloom; Enjoy the beauty around you.
Give up jealousy; Pray for trust.
Give up gossiping; Control your thoughts.
Give up sin; Turn to virtue.
St. Paul encouraged us to fill our minds with everything that is true, good, and pure. He realized it wouldn’t be easy but He knew there is always be grace. All the saints agree on this: holiness is possible. Your holiness is possible, so don’t give up on yourself.
No matter how sinful or unworthy your life may be, remember Jesus takes all those sins away; He heals and purifies, and leads you to holiness.
A holy life is possible.
Pray as you can, do not pray as you can’t. The only way to pray well is to pray often. The less one prays, the worse it gets”.—-Abbott John Chapman
I think this is a poignant prayer. It is reassuring to know that St. Paul knew it would not be easy to follow God to holiness. God reassures us that He will protect us and guide us.
So we mustn’t give up on our faith walk. Rather, we must give up on the things that come between us and God.