What do you worry about?

I should ask, what don’t you worry about? It seems like everyone of us, from kids to retired people, are on an out-of-control merry-go-round, or a treadmill that’s moving too fast. Just the sheer amount of what we must accomplish on any given day can lead us to become overwhelmed.

I think that one of the biggest problems Christians have is the difficulty in giving up control. When it comes right down to it, there are times we think we are in control and “life is good,” but as a Christian, we really have to consider, did I make everything turn out right, or did God?

No matter what is going on, both in the world and in our lives, God is in control. Your spouse leaves you. God is in control. Your house is robbed. God is in control. Your best friend has a terminal illness. God is in control. Your child is rebelling against God. God is in control. No matter what, we have to wrap our brains around the idea that unless we trust Him, we really aren’t doing what God has instructed us to do, and we are sinning.

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. Philippians 4:6-7.

Pray about everything. Worry about nothing. (When it comes right down to it, worrying never fixed anything. Worrying doesn’t help!) Talk to and teach your children to trust the Lord with every decision, even the little ones. Share the answers you get from God with your kids, and vice versa. (“And the peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”)  Amen!

Do we have freedom of speech?

Yes, in this country, we have freedom of speech. But with freedom of speech comes responsibility. Some people might disagree, but we do not have absolute freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is a God given right in this country, but there are people sharing made-up information on social media as though it was fact.  Even my Christian brothers and sisters are sharing it, and believing it.

Absolute freedom of speech destroys people, and ruins lives, because it maintains we can say anything we want to about anyone, especially if we don’t like them, or don’t agree with their views.

How is this Christian? We can not believe everything we see or read in social media! If information sounds silly, ridiculous, or even odd, it is probably a lie. If you aren’t sure if it is true or not – take the time to find out before you share it with others!

Jesus said we are to “Love one another” (John 13:34), and, “We love because He first loved us.” He did not say make sure our side wins. He is in control. In this crazy world, Christians need to be mindful that our job is to be ready to give a reason for the faith that we have,  not to share false information that makes one side sound better than the other.

I Peter 3:15, In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (Bolding mine)

“Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?”

Look around you. How many of your neighbors attend church regularly? Why do you think people don’t go to church anymore? I talk a lot about “bringing Jesus home” and incorporating Him into our daily lives, but when we look at society in general, most people don’t even attend church anymore. Have you ever considered why that is?

All I can deduce is that maybe they don’t think they need Jesus. Maybe life is better without the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives. They can do just fine on their own. They don’t need what they see as the Bible’s “rules” for living to guide them, and see church as “old fashioned.”

If you know someone like this, (and we all do),  are their lives worry free? Are they without care, and do they have perfect peace? Or do they live their lives complaining about how things are going wrong in their lives and they don’t know what to do about it?  Chances are that the people who reject Jesus are in the second group. They want better lives, but don’t want to give up “control” of their lives, thinking that Jesus and church are old fashioned ways to control people.

I could see someone not wanting to give up “control” of their life if it is completely happy, content, peaceful and stress free, but not under any other circumstances. WHO has a life that is perfect?? No one! Why are we so bound and determined to have “control” of our lives when we can’t even control our heartbeat?  We actually have control over very, very little in our lives. But we use this excuse not to attend church, not to pray, not to live for Christ. We don’t want Him in control.

Ask someone you know to go to church with you this Sunday. That person may be the one who fights the hardest to be in control of their life, but also the one who needs Jesus the most.

Jesus loves even the most die hard “control freak”. He understands, and wants to help that person let go and let God, so to speak. It makes the difference between frustration and peace, worry and joy, unhappiness and contentment, feeling unfulfilled, and total fulfillment.  And all the person has to do is ask Jesus into their heart and be willing to be loved by Him. Send me a comment if this is you, and you want to know more about Jesus, and what He can do for you.

Luke 12:22-26, Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Why would you want to give God 100%?

As parents/grandparents, our biggest role is not raising our kids, it’s being able to be receptive to God’s will in our lives. Yes, it is more important than raising our kids. “Letting go and letting God,” as they say, is what we are supposed to be about, as Christians. I am not the boss of my life, Jesus Christ is. Can you truly say that if you are honest with yourself? It took me most of my life to figure that one out, but boy, has it made a change in me. I have much more joy and peace than I’ve ever had. I care more about people. I want to have an impact on my kids and grandkids, but also my church, friends and my world.

Who better to trust our lives, and our children’s lives to, than Jesus. But prayer is the key. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to His presence in your life. Ask Him to take down the wall of fear that keeps you from giving your whole life – not just part of it, or most of it – to Him. This is when you can truly be the parent/grandparent that God wants you to be. Every Christian parent has Jesus as their advocate, guide and friend. Trust Christ to take control – real control – of your life. You will see a difference in yourself, and I think you will really like the “new” you! I can guarantee that you won’t be perfect, but you will be pretty happy with what God can do through you.

Mark 12:30, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

focusonthefamily.com has a great series of articles about “Spiritual Growth for Kids,” and one of them is specifically on putting God first.