September 11, 2017

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

When children are young we have to teach them to give or to be generous. They are naturally selfish and they hold on to their things with a tight fist. God loves a cheerful giver. In our memory verse God again asks us to be generous. We are not supposed to hold on to our cares and worries. We are supposed to give them to God. This is a lesson in generosity that I would think we would jump at the chance to practice. Just like I would jump at the chance to give away my cancer, or give away my debt, or give away my obnoxious neighbor, or give away my dog poop.

What a wonderful verse this is. Coming up in the next few months in Fergus Falls residents are going to be given a recycle trash bin. There will be no more separating of glass, plastic and cans. We won’t have to think about sorting it all out. We will just throw it all into one bin and the city will take it away. Give means to remove something from one place to another. We will take out trash and remove it from our house to the trash bin. After all trash is useless to us and it is also a burden and if it stays around to long it begins to stink.

God wants to be our worry and care recycling bin. Give also means to act quickly not giving it a second thought. It is like when I am driving my van I automatically put on my turn signal without giving it a second thought. I’ve done it so much that is just becomes second nature.

There is also another part to this giving. It means to give as a family member, as child to parent. When my granddaughters are eating the little snack size candy bars with me they look at me and say, “Grandpa will you throw this in the garbage for me?” I look at them, hold out my hand for them to put the wrapper in it and I say, “Of course I will.” This is exactly what our heavenly Father expects us to do with our cares and worries. This is a family project. I quickly, without a second thought, remove the care or worry from my heart and give it to my heavenly Father who is waiting with an open hand to take that care and worry and dispose of it.

Cares and worries are like empty can of sardines. They are useless. They clutter up the heart and if they are not removed they begin to stink up my life, my relationships and destroy my faith.

Do you have any cares and worries hanging around your heart? Are you feeling generous?

Psalm 55:22 (NLT) — 22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

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