1 Peter 5:7 (The Voice)
7 Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries.
There are times that I have sanctified worry in my life. Classified it as my duty in being a “responsible adult”. But, worry, doubt, fear….it’s something I am reminded repeatedly NOT TO DO.
Personally (very personally, for me…not for everyone…again, I’m not a bible scholar here), the idea of worry goes deep, dismantling the very core of what I profess to believe. It’s saying, “Hey God, I know that I say I trust You, but really, I don’t. You say You have this (life) thing in your control, but I just don’t know about that. I’m going to fix it myself, thanks anyway.” And then the real worry, fear and chaos begins.
I think when Jesus TELL me not to worry, He means it. Even the “responsible adult” kind of worry. At the root of ALL my worry is the doubt (disbelief) that God will not have my back when the smelly stuff hits the fan. PERIOD.
What do I classify as “responsible adult” worries?
These are just a few of my personal ones (*worry and fear are interchangeable here):
- Worry about finances – there just won’t be enough, I’m not handling it right, I’m not a “good steward”
- Worry about my kids safety
- Worry about my kids futures
- Worry about my kids making poor choices (which, hello, they WILL)
- Worry about my future – do I even have one??
- Worry about things getting out of control
- Worry about my health
- Worry about being a failure
- Worry about my kids being failures (can we be honest here?)
- Worry about how things are all going to work out
- Worry about the house payment
- Worry about the car payment
- Worry about not cutting it as a “Christian” (don’t get me started here)
- Worry that I’m totally missing the boat
And the list could go on and on. I think we all have these Responsible Adult Worry Lists. But, HE says NOT TO. PERIOD.
Matthew 6: 30-31
30 And think about grassy fields—the grasses are here now, but they will be dead by winter. And yet God adorns them so radiantly. How much more will He clothe you, you of little faith, you who have no trust?
31 So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? 32 Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.
In the “HIM” in the bible journal page above, I listed what I worry about. It was an active process of writing it down, and putting it on HIM. Of course, I will still have my moments of fear, doubt, worry. But, I CAN actively choose to put them on HIM when they come up. That is what this page is a reminder of. Put them on HIM, because He WANTS me to.
Man….that is some GOOD STUFF!