Sometimes it's not the big things that shake me as much as the little things. The daily worries of house, car, money, food, clothes, family and community relationships. These are the things that Jesus specifically says not to worry about and yet I do.
Strangely enough, big situations, which are serious enough to warrant worry and even anger, such as environmental destruction, war, political instability, destruction of cultures and languages, are sometimes easier to trust God with. I suppose it's because I have such a hard time see what I can do to make a difference.
Yet the little things are stuff that my surrounding society says I should be taking care off. I should have things all together, and if I don't, I should hire an advisor to help me figure out finances, buy the latest product to take care of the house, and follow advice columns on relationships.
It's a discipline to remember that first of all, the little things are connected to the big things. My choices in the daily living of life are what I can do about the big things. My choices either contribute to or help to move away from violence, destruction, and division. I may not see the results on a big scale, but it is what I am empowered to do.
Most importantly, this empowering is not from me. It is not up to me to provide for all these things. This is what "the world" is worried about. I am free, not from the daily decision-making part of life, but from spending my energy in worrying about what decision to make. It means that I can trust God even with the little things.
Yes, it takes discipline to do this. A daily discipline of giving up, letting go, and trusting God with all the worries, big and small. It doesn't mean, then, that I am irresponsible or not involved. On the contrary, I'm free to use my energies for the glory of God… and let God take the credit.
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