Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the issues of this life? Politics, disasters, terrorism, health, and well being. We are bombarded daily with information that can wear us down quickly!
What is the balance between becoming overly bogged down by the issues around us and completely retreating to our own little corner of safe haven? The Bible says that, if you are a follower of Christ, we are in this world, but not of it. This means that, even though we live on planet earth and engage in life's issues, our hope is not in the world. Our hope is in God and His Kingdom!
Keeping this in perspective allows us to refrain from picking up burdens we aren't meant to carry. No matter how much sleep you lose at night worrying, the news will be the same in the morning. In an attempt to care, we find ourselves taking on burdens that are much to weighty for our own ability.
Over-saturation can also cause our hearts to become calloused. If your social media feed looks anything like mine, any given feed would rotate from images related to a horrible tragedy, to how to bake a crockpot meal, and then seeing pics of little Jimmy going to the farm for the first time ( and repeat). This is the reality of the world in which we live; our emotions can be easily calloused by the abundance of needs and issues that confront us on a regular basis. If we allow our hearts to become hardened to the issues around us, we will become ineffective and self focused. We also cannot allow ourselves to take on these issues personally or we will become victims of anxiety, stress, and depression.
So how do you remain connected when the stresses of this world can be overwhelming? Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He's done. Then you will experience God's peace , which exceeds anything we understand . His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ."
Cast your cares upon Him who cares for you! His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Mt 11:30)! Your job is to care enough to take it to the Lord but to then leave the burden with Him. It's not yours to carry! If you don't have that kind of relationship with God, ask Jesus into your heart today, and you will feel a million pounds lighter!
Remember, the weight of the world isn't meant for your shoulders!