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Not a Care in the World

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

I have two boys and a girl, who as of this writing, are all still pretty young. Not once has any of them come to me and asked, “Daddy, where are we going to get the money to pay the next house payment?” They have never asked me if we were going to have the money to put gas in the car to go somewhere, and they have never asked me where their next meal was going to come from. We have been blessed enough that we have a house, a car, and food; but, even if their parents were dealing with the crisis of how to pay for those essentials, my kids would not be concerned with them. They are not quite old enough or wise enough to understand how most of those things work, so they don’t bother themselves with those issues. They are only wondering when the next chance is they will get to play with their toys, when is the next time they will get to play outside, and when is the next opportunity to eat. In other words, they don’t have a care in the world. They completely trust that their parents will take care of their needs, and that they can continue on with the things they enjoy in life without worrying about things like money or bills.

Why do we, as children of the King, worry about the things around us? We are the children of God, the One who controls the entire universe. What could we possibly have to worry about that He cannot handle for us? Yet, we worry about making ends meet, we worry about where we will work, we worry about how we will handle difficulties, and we worry about decisions that have to be made. There are a thousand other possibilities of things that worry us on a day-to-day basis. “Be careful for nothing” does not mean to be careless about things for which we should take responsibility, but it does mean that we should have such a dependence upon God that we are not anxious or worried about any of the things that life throws our way.

Children do not worry because they have a father and a mother who bear the load of responsibility for them. Why not allow our Heavenly Father to bear the load of taking care of our daily problems and needs? You see, for Him, they are not problems and needs, they are opportunities to show His children how much He cares for them by supplying the comfort they need to handle those difficulties.

Read also: Matthew 6:25-34

Quote of the day: "It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.” - Henry Ward Beecher

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