In Oswald Chambers', My Utmost for His Highest, he writes:
"Beware of 'the cares of this world,' because they are the things that produce a wrong temper of soul. It is extraordinary what an enormous power there is in simple things to distract our attention from God. Refuse to be swamped with the cares of this life."
And it's easy to shout a loud amen to that but so much harder to live it out. Especially when there are so many cares abounding. What are we supposed to do with death of loved ones, sickness and disease, financial and relational woes, piles of dishes and clutter, and cranky people all around us?
Wrong temper of soul. Indeed.
“Come to Me, all who are weary [who work to exhaustion] and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy [pleasant, comfortable] and My burden is light," (Matthew 11:28-30 NASB).
It all comes down to this—to whom, or what, do we surrender? Flying the white flag and giving in, we either fall off the cliff and into a miserable abyss (if we choose the cares of this world); or we fall into the loving and capable arms of the God who knows us better than we know ourselves and has a good plan for our lives.
The choice is easy to make but hard to walk out. Preach it to yourself. Put that scripture over your sink in your kitchen and bathrooms, so you read it every time you're there.
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