"How may we keep yourselves from [idols]? … First, be deeply convinced that none of them bring happiness; that nothing, no person under the sun, no, nor the amassment of all together, can give any solid, satisfactory happiness to any child of man.
When you are thoroughly convinced of this, I advise secondly, stand and consider what you are about… Steadily resolve to seek happiness where it may be found; where it cannot be sought in vain. Resolve to seek it in the true God, the fountain of all blessedness; and cut off all delay! Straightaway put in execution what you have resolved.
But do not either resolve, or attempt to execute your resolution, trusting in your own strength. If you do, you will be utterly foiled. Cry, therefore, to the Strong for strength… Pray that you may be fully discovered to yourself; that you may know yourself as also you are known. When once you are possessed of this genuine conviction, all your idols will lose their charms. And you will wonder how you could so long lean upon those broken reeds, which had so often sunk under you.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain thee.” Just think about that! Is there any trouble anywhere? Then take it all to Jesus in prayer. Just take all your burdens and lay them down at his feet. That is all we can do with them! … Let us cast them all at his feet, and say: “Blessed Christ! There they are. I can carry them no further forever.”