Have you ever called your children, but they did not answer your call. You continue to call but still no answer. You begin to worry because they always have their cell phone. You wait a while, but still no answer. Your imagination begins to take effect. Maybe they were in a car accident, maybe they slipped taking a shower and are unconscious on the bathroom floor? You begin to call every minute, but still the darn answering machine comes on. You begin to call their acquaintances, to find out if they know anything. Just when you start to head out the door, the phone rings. Guess who its from. It’s your child calling apologizing for taking a nap and leaving the phone on silent. How your kids could sometime be so careless. Initially worry occupied your mind, then relief, and then anger. But anger is another subject for a future date.
It is this fear of the unknown that triggers so much anxiety and worry. Is it possible to be without worry? In the Tip of the Writing Brush are the following
Whatever may happen, there will be nothing to fear,
depending on your mind of sincerity. 14-49
What is sincerity? Webster defines sincerity as: honesty of mind: freedom from hypocrisy. Can this mean a pure mind? A mind that is free of greed, arrogance and self-love, like God’s mind.
God promises us any kind of protection when our minds are purified. With the purification, worry and anxiety will disappear from our minds. From my standpoint, I have definitely not reached this stage of maturity. I worry daily!
But even if we have not reached this stage of purity of mind, we can gauge our maturity by the amount of worry and anxiety we develop with every negative incident. How do we lessen our worry when negative events occur? In the Tip of the writing Brush the following:
In whatever matters, if the innermost heart of each of you
is purified, there will be no danger. 18-83
We must purify our innermost heart of greed, arrogance, and self-love. How do we do this? This is accomplished by praying to God to sweep these evils from our hearts.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”
As our minds become purified from greed, arrogance, and self-love, worries and anxiety will lessen; and the joyous world will arrive one day sooner.