Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Remembering our responsibilities....

There is a made-up word that has become really popular: “adulting”.  You’ve probably heard of it?   It’s mostly used by teens and young adults, but you’ll see the occasional “seasoned” adult using it to.  

What is it?  

Well, according to “urban dictionary”, which by the way is my least favorite source to quote,  it’s , “to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.”  

There is that word “responsibilities”!  Don’t we all want to run away from them sometimes?  Perhaps, that’s why vacations are so necessary and appealing.  They give us a brief “reprieve” from those daily “responsibilities” of being a productive member of society.

And though maybe at some later date I’ll tackle that whole concept of “adulting”, today is not that day.  Today, rather than focusing on the shirking of responsibility, let’s look at what might be considered the opposite.  And really, this is “actually” what could be behind the whole “adulting” phenomenon.  Hmm…think about it!

If you remember back to our video, #10 on our list of ways to cast your cares on him, is to “remember your responsibilities.”  Do you enjoy responsibilities or dread them?  What are your responsibilities?  Who are you responsible to and for, and for how long?  

Stop for a second and make a list.  Whatever age, or stage you are in life you have things you are responsible for.  Just list the top, maybe what you feel are the most important few.  Think of it like “my job is to _____________ Go ahead…we’ll wait.  Don’t worry about the order, just jot a few down.  It doesn’t need to be an exhaustive list.

Now, here’s a glimpse at mine. (which also isn’t in order or exhaustive…)

Think about the things you most often “worry” about.  Maybe it’s running late, running out of money, a lack of healing, choices a friend/husband/offspring is/are making, an unexpected bill, a missed deadline, making a mistake, disappointing someone and on and on….  Do any of those “worries” actually relate to YOUR responsibilities?  Maybe some do, but often we worry about responsibilities that aren’t even are own.  

We’re worried our aging parent won’t go to the dr. when they need to, our young child won’t do his chores and have to face unpleasant consequences, the cancer will come back, our loved one will get fired or won’t find a job.  It can go on and on.  We can’t control outcomes, especially when they aren’t even our responsibilities in the first place.  We certainly can offer advice, pray and show concern, help out where we can, but we can’t take these situations on our own shoulders.

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”  Matthew 6:30 ESV

We are of SO much worth to God and He tells us it comes down to FAITH.  Do we trust him to care for us?

In verse 34 it goes on to say…

Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

It’s so difficult, but we don’t know what tomorrow brings.  Worrying about tomorrow for things that may or may not happen will do nothing for us.  

So, what’s the alternative?  Look back to our original theme, “Casting all your cares on HIM, because he cares for you”.  (emphasis mine, 1 Peter 5:7 ESV)

Are you willing to HAVE FAITH and CAST THOSE CARES on HIM because HE does care for you?

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