Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. —1 Peter 5:7
There are some things you can control in life—your choice of job, who your friends are, what you do for fun. There are others you can’t—what other people say and do, the fluctuations of the stock market, the flat tire you got this morning. How you react to things you can’t control helps determine your stress level and quality of health. People who regularly get upset over small things suffer in many ways. People who shrug them off do a lot better. The Bible calls it “casting your care.”
Shrugging doesn’t mean indifference; it simply means acknowledging that there is nothing you can do to change things at that particular moment. The flat tire has already happened; dealing with it by calling AAA makes sense, throwing a tantrum and kicking it doesn’t. The low-stress approach is to shrug things off. Life happens. God works in mysterious ways.
If you trust Him to work things out, you’ll navigate the dips of life with barely a blip. I spend time ministering in India and Africa, and I’m confronted with the terrible poverty and hunger I see there. I care very deeply for these people and do everything I can to alleviate it, but I realize I am only one person and can only make my contribution. I can let it burn me up and shake my fist at the unfairness of it all, but what does that accomplish, other than make me sick and possibly render me unable to do anything?
I do what I can, but I don’t get upset about what is beyond my control. Do your best, pray, and God will do the rest!
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