Caring is the most human thing to do. There are many words for “care” in Greek. Two of them are used in 1 Peter 5:7 and gives the perfect difference between them.
“casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”
1 PETER 5:7 AMP
Cast all your cares because He cares. Wow. Should we actually cast all our cares? Will that make us careless or care less? Will that make us carefree or not care anymore?
Psychology says one of the most difficult tasks in life is to convince yourself that you do not care. You will have to repeat over and over to yourself and to others and you will still not find peace. No matter what you are in the world; liberal, criminal, realist, atheist, even the worst person on earth, there is someone you care about because that is how you were designed; to care. This orchestration to care reaches its max when one becomes a parent, biologically or logically.
What about faith? When I have an issue at hand, isn’t it normal to worry about it? Real faith is not denying the existence of a problem. It simply denies the problem a place of influence. When I’m broke, faith doesn’t turn leaves into dollar notes. It just denies my lack of money a place of influence; being broke doesn’t mean I’m poor. It simply means I don’t have money. Real faith does not cause me to deny that I don’t have money or I need money; it makes me emotionally stable in my financial crisis. And that is just beautiful.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”. Worrying is anxious care. The Greek word for the word “worrying” has the same root word for the word “cares” in the verse “casting all your cares”. It means solicitude. It has an idea of distraction. Any form of care that makes you anxious is called worry. As humans, are we not supposed to worry sometimes? The answer is in 1 Peter 5:7.
For self-talk, we speak 150-300 per minute. That is about 50,000 words a day. 70% is subconscious. About 70% of everything we say to ourselves is negative. 95% of what we say is repeated most of the time. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” (Prov 23:7). What have you been thinking about and saying to yourself in the loneliness of your thinking? As Joyce Meyer would say, “think about what you are thinking about”. Have you brought negative thinking from your distant past into your immediate future?
Worry does nothing but tear down. When you’re worried that something that may happen, worry doesn’t stop it from happening. It doesn’t make you human. It makes you feel like less of a person. It breaks you down. It distracts you, distorts your reality towards the negative aspects. Worry is a burden. It is burdensome. It changes your focus. It makes you focus on your problem instead of your solution. It magnifies the problem with increasing attention.
Realise that you don’t have to worry for a single moment in your life, because Jesus is your rest. Worrying is not planning. Worrying is not thinking. Worrying is stressing. Worrying is not caring. I can think about what I will eat, drink and wear tomorrow without worrying about it. Whenever you begin to worry, think about God’s Truth concerning the matter and cast it ALL on Him. You will realise that many of the things we worry about is actually petty petty things. No problem is ever bigger than God. We have a Father who is willing to take care of us all the way. Put your trust in Him. He knows your end because He planned it.
Worry can be used as an English word but should not be tempered with emotionally. You were made to care, not to worry. Language may mix it but don’t mix it emotionally. Care is heartfelt love. Worry is mind disturbance. Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light. He gives us rest for our souls. Read Matthew 11:28-30. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Care because you do. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I love you