As you read this title you might roll your eyes and say "Right", in an unbelieving tone. But it is achievable, and it's really the way the Lord meant it to be. He made the way for us to have constant peace in our lives. We all see the news right now about antifa, hate crimes, anger on the road, in the market, and even at home. We worry about our loved ones and friends, we are concerned about our bills or urgent circumstances. And it used to be that you only heard the "F***" word sometimes. Now you hear it everyday, whether you like it or not. Even at a signal waiting, is this gross music blaring in the car right next to you. No wonder Jesus said "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof". You say "What in the world does that mean? Speak in English please". Okay, here is an easier Bible translation to explain that verse:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt. 6:34 NIV
In verse 24 the Lord says this Take no thought for your life. This means to take no thought. Don't worry or be concerned. In other words, He's got you covered. Remember that He is the Sheperd. And God made us to be containers. What an unusual thought this is. We carry water and blood in our bodies, we know this is fact. Our soul and mind are carriers of emotions and thoughts. We carry things. We are free to carry cares and worry about them. We are even free to carry someone else's cares if we want to. One can get so bogged down, that the weight will affect your health, bringing darkness and depression that allow in fear. Of course this is the enemies goal, because he knows that the end result is destruction. One worry at a time, one care and one thought at a time. Pretty soon your weight is huge and burdensome. He will deceive you into thinking that it's a good thing to care about someone else. But not to the point of letting worry camp out and become a permanent resident. That's not what Jesus meant. He is the Savior, not us. We are to bring the cares to Him and leave them there at His feet.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Prov. 4:20-23
It's up to us to say yes to worry, or to close the door to it. No one else can make that choice for you but you. And it's also up to us to guard our hearts. People will love to give you their worries, cares and struggles. There is plenty of self pity to go around. The more we are all suffering together, the merrier. No. There is a difference between compassion and the act of sinking into despair with those that are suffering. We are His children, and as we mature, we grow into Sonship. We carry the light of God, and we are meant to shine and to be care free. The light is meant to stay on, for that light is full of His love. We carry peace from heaven. We must protect that peace always. We can't always get away to a quiet place. Living on this earth temporarily as we visit from heaven, means dwelling among the noise and clamor. But we can live in the eye of the storm. There can be total peace and rest within us, as we drink from His large fountain of life, drink of His deep love that never ends. We can learn to guard our hearts, to cast our cares over to Jesus. I was meditating one day on a chapter in the Bible, where Jesus was sleeping in the boat that was filled with His disciples who were distraught with fear of shipwreck in the storm that arose. He wasn't even phased. They had to wake Him up! I pictured Him feeling the noise and the shouting, the sloshing of the water, the boat rocking back and forth. But he was secure in the Father's love and care. He knew who He was, and that in an instant He could calm the storm. And He did. (Luke 8:23)
We can pray for someone, love them, lead them to the one that will take their cares over, that has already carried their load on the cross. And He will give them their much needed rest. We can mentor, love, pray and help guide them, but we can't live their lives or make their decisions for them. We each have our own life to live and our own choices to make. And the seeds that every one of us sow will grow, whether they be good or bad.
Jesus laid the foundation for us. What we build is up to us. Will we follow Him and continue to live a righteous life through our Lord? What we build is our free choice.
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. I Cor. 3:12-15
Carrying worry and being laden down with cares, is also a work. Being carefree and free from worry as you guard your heart, this is also a work. We build upon Christ's foundation with our works. Our works don't save us. God loves us either way. My aim is to live and stay carefree. I have to make a quality decision and guard my heart daily, in order to stay free. But the Lord is my strength, and He will continually help me. I choose to live strong for others.
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