Monday, July 30, 2001

1 Peter 5:7

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
1 Peter 5:7

Today's scripture was submitted by Jeff W. of Davenport, IA, who mentions that it seems to be telling us to "let go and let God" ... which is a very hard thing to do.  We get caught up in the cares of the world sometimes.  Worrying about getting a job, or getting the air conditioning fixed, or how exactly to say something that is hard to say... there are thousands of things that we get caught up in like that... and we worry so much about those things that there isn't any room to notice the beautiful things that God places in our path.  We get so worried about what comes next, that we don't take time to enjoy the present.  And we've talked before about the scripture that tells us "he that is happy shall be happy still, and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still."  I don't know about you, but I don't really want to be unhappy forever... so I should probably start working on getting happy now. :)  God doesn't want us to be stressed and worried about whatever it is that is occupying us... he wants to take those burdens and help us find joy and peace and all of the interesting and beautiful parts of life. So, you know... today, let's try casting our cares on the Lord. :)  Instead of worrying about things (and notice that this scripture says ALL care, not just the care that you can't solve yourself)... let's invite God into our lives.  We'll still have to make decisions and think about things sometimes, of course... but if we can focus on living in the present instead of worrying about all of the horrible things that *might* happen... if we can learn to trust God instead of trusting in ourselves... if we can stop and ponder the beauty of the day and the incredible gifts that we have been given in our lives... maybe now will become happier, and we'll smile a little more. :)

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