“Pull yourself up by your OWN bootstraps,” they say.
“If you want something done, you’ve got to do it YOURSELF,” they say.
“You need SELF-CARE,” they say.
There is nothing that sounds appealing about THAT! …Sounds TIRING to me!
If you were blessed enough to grow up in a GOOD or DECENT home, you didn’t know how good you had it!
If you were like me, as a child growing up, then you remember how EASY and FUN we THOUGHT life would be when we GREW UP and could do things OUR way!
We thought, “I can’t WAIT to GROW UP and be on my OWN!”
I mean, we couldn’t WAIT to be in CHARGE and do whatever WE wanted to do when WE got ready to do it!
YES, when we grew up, we just KNEW that everything would be JUST what we wanted it to be.
*Fast forward…years later….to adulthood* We learned that childhood life was a BLESSING! We just couldn’t SEE IT! It encompassed a special kind of FREEDOM… FREEDOM from bills… FREEDOM from the grownup worries of life… FREEDOM from adult responsibilities! In fact, as adults, we learned that we still have to do things that we DON’T LIKE DOING…more often than not, because we ARE in CHARGE now…to a certain extent.
When we finally reached adulthood, we learned that we are STILL NOT in charge of everything. Boy, did that knock the wind out of our sails!! Who knew?? We just have more responsibilities, more problems, more stress, and less time to deal with it all!
Wow! Didn’t we have it twisted!?
Well, as a Christian, God gives us the BEST DEAL EVER!
Even though we have reached adulthood, God doesn’t require us to take care of ourselves! He is our HEAVENLY FATHER for LIFE!
We are his CHILDREN. He’s a GOOD Father who will NEVER leave us ALONE!
In fact, when we surrender to Him, He is FULLY in CHARGE!
1 Pet. 5:7 says it this way, “Casting all your care upon Him; for HE careth for YOU.”
Isn’t that AWESOME?
Even though we are adults in the physical world, we are God’s spiritual sons and daughters and HE says that we can give ALL of that stuff that’s on our minds and hearts to him, because HE cares for US.
Whew! Thank God for that! Thank God for His MERCY and His GRACE towards us.
He doesn’t want us to be burdened down with the cares of the world.
Well, because we must be about our FATHER’S BUSINESS which requires a “Kingdom of God” focus. Not a worldly or self-consumed focus. The following verses tells us why:
“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of OTHER things entering in, CHOKE the WORD, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19
“For all that is in the world, the LUST of the FLESH, and the LUST of the EYES, and the PRIDE OF LIFE, is NOT of the Father, but is of the WORLD.” 1 John 2:16
“Love NOT the world, neither the THINGS that are IN the world. If any man love the WORLD, the love of the FATHER is NOT in him.” 1 John 2:15
In other words, there is a danger….an INEVITABLE danger of getting caught up in the things of the world. That danger is that we will lose focus of the Kingdom of God, His Word, and His purpose for our lives.
As a result, we will be in danger of losing our salvation. It’s all a DANGEROUS setup from SATAN himself!
So, Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that LABOUR and are HEAVY laden (struggling and weighed down), and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you (get connected to me), and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart (gentle and humble): and ye shall find REST unto your souls. For MY yoke is EASY, and my burden is LIGHT.” Matt. 11:28-30
In other words, God says, “NO worries! TRUST ME and let me GUIDE you and TAKE CARE OF YOU. I GOT THIS!!”
“So DO NOT WORRY, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS will be given to you as well. Therefore DO NOT WORRY about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matt. 6:31-34
When we get connected to God, we can be assured that he will LEAD us and GUIDE us in the direction that we should go, but HE does all the HEAVY lifting. Not only does he NOT want us to pick OURSELVES up by OUR OWN bootstraps…but HE carries OUR LOAD!
So, if he carries the load, what do WE do?
“TRUST in the Lord with ALL thine heart; and lean NOT unto thine own understanding. In ALL thy ways ACKNOWLEDGE him, and he shall DIRECT THY PATHS.” Prov. 3:5-6
Our biggest job is TRUSTING GOD to take care of US! Isn’t that awesome?
If we would only allow, our Heavenly Father to take the seat at the WHEEL of our lives we can REST in Him!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by PRAYER and PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT your REQUESTS to God. And the PEACE OF GOD, which transcends all understanding, will GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.” Phil. 4:6-7
His yoke is EASY and His burden is LIGHT!
He tells us to come to Him, connect with him (walk in step with him), seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and learn of Him, pray to him, give thanks to Him and HE WILL direct our paths.
Yes, God’s Way is BETTER than SELF-CARE!
So, get ready to cast ALL your cares UPON Him, …because HE cares for YOU!
Take a moment to close your eyes and with a heart of THANKSGIVING ….breathe slowly and deeply… as you meditate on the words of this song: