CAREFREE = TRUST, IN WHO?
When are you most carefree? Is it when you’re out jogging? Watching a movie? Talking to a close friend? It seems the most relevant aspect of being carefree is being stressless. Feel stressless seems nearly impossible in today’s world, but I’d like to argue its viability.
As a growing Christian, I understand that the stresses of life are only stresses we I give them the weight we could be giving to something more productive and healthy.
The attitude behind being carefree isn’t about being careless, it’s about being aware without being compulsive. This requires a level of trust, and trusting ourselves can be hard enough. How then, do we trust in God?
If you’re a Christian, you may understand that trusting in God is mostly difficult when we have a hard time surrendering our fear of losing control. Trust represents the hands holding the reins to control, and the power of our outcome. For the Christian who already believes in God and the sacrifice of Jesus, the problem is remembering, constantly, that it’s because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we have found Him trustworthy of holding the reins of our trust. Put into perspective, imagine the large-scale difference between a believer holding the reins of control out of fear of surrender, and an unbeliever holding onto the reins out of sheer disbelief in anything else to actually hold onto them.
IN WHOM WE PLACE OUR ONLY TRUST
When I was an atheist years ago, I had placed a lot of trust in my parents, because there was nothing supernatural that I believed in trusting. Trusting in people without first trusting in God makes that trust fragile; people just aren’t designed to hold the weight of that level of trust. There are people in this world worth putting trust into. There are some worth trusting our lives with. But not everyone. When we come from this angle, God is the very reason we are able to trust others by searching for Christ’s impact. We know if the Savior of the world has inspired others to emulate His example, their actions are going to reflect the character of Jesus: Unconditionally loving, grace-filled, and “shrewd as a snake and innocent as a dove.” (Matthew 10:16)
A person who believes in the will of God sees the purpose in evangelism (that is, spreading the word of God to those receptive of the Good News of Jesus), while also being intuitive and wise in the way they communicate with people aren’t ready to receive Him yet. It’s much easier to trust someone who is careful of our receptivity than someone who is careless. A person can distinguish whether or not another’s intentions are aligned with Jesus’s by whether or not they express the love of God in their actions. Following this point, when we meet someone like this, we will know there is Someone worth trusting who transformed this person’s spirit into someone more unconditional and understanding–while simultaneously shrewd and innocent.
If you are having a hard time trusting in God, then consider how your life is without Him. If not God, who or what do you put your trust in? How does this form of trust inspire you to live your life differently, to improve upon yourself, loving others and inspiring them to live likely?
GIVING GOD WHO WE ARE
Truly, I believe that placing our trust in God will help shape a future where we not only feel more carefree, but we also see the presence of Jesus living in others. We can all be a light shining towards Christ, and we can all be reasons to trust in a God who inspires us to reflect His perfect love. Through Jesus, everything is made new, and that includes the trust we aren’t sure where to place. Giving the reins to God is the best decision we could make because giving Him the reins means we know that Jesus died so that we could have this type of intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Still having a hard time believing this is what Jesus really did? That’s okay, I was there, too! I suggest reading a book called, “More Than A Carpenter,” by Josh and Sean McDowell. It’s a phenomenal read. The authors look inside of Jesus’ story from a skeptical point of view while addressing some heavy elements regarding Jesus’ deity. I also recommend that you read John Eldredge’s “The Beautiful Outlaw,” because this opened my eyes to realizing Jesus as both relatable and simultaneously deified as God Incarnate, through the godly, humble, and reverential way He lived His life while holding the power of God. I highly suggest this book to you. And I’d love to hear what you think of either of these books!
Here are links:
“The Beautiful Outlaw”: Here
“More Than A Carpenter”: Here
If you have any questions, thoughts, or anything you’d like to share after reading this, please feel free to post those in the comments below. I’d really like to read your take on this, and where you are in your faith journey. My prayer is that these words would find you where they matter most, and that you will feel the presence of Jesus in the place you are in, giving you the strength you need to surrender your fears. Trusting in God means believing the world doesn’t have your best interests at heart, but more importantly, recognizing how God does. I truly believe this, and I hope you will find Truth to this, yourself. Be blessed as you come to understand what this means for you.
In Jesus name!