2 Powerful Principles to Carefree Living
Adapted from “Carefree Living” by Greg Fritz
We were born into a dangerous world, during stressful times.
These aren’t the happy days that your parents told you about when they were growing up. We need to realize that we aren’t on a Christian tour of planet Earth, but we are in the middle of a great battle for the souls of men. The stakes are high, and the enemy of all mankind is desperate and will do anything in his power to destroy as many lives as he can.
We need to be aware of the world around us, and always be ready to seize the moment and recognize opportunities.
However, there is a delicate balance between staying informed and being infuriated at the condition of the world or frightened over the future. People are ready to riot at the drop of a hat—racial tension, political tension, and financial tension are at an all-time high.
What do we do?
Obsessing over the problems is not the answer. We are surrounded by uncertainty, but there is a way to live victoriously in Christ even in perilous times.
Here are two powerful principles to help us live in the end times without losing our minds:
1. We must not fight in battles where we don’t belong.
We must not let lies and hype pit us against one another (Republicans against Democrats, rich against poor, white against black, Mexican against American, Muslim against Christian). We are God’s representatives—the light of the world. It’s time to let our light shine.
God has His agenda. If we’ll get involved with His plans, we’ll succeed. Replace bitterness and resentment with the love of God and refuse to engage in battles where you don’t belong!
2. We must not worry about things we can’t change.
I’m not talking about living in a stress-free environment; that would be impossible. It is worry we have to deal with, especially about things we can’t change.
We don’t have to be ignorant about what is going on around us to be happy. But we must learn to immediately identify the things we can’t change. We do what we can, including prayer, voting, being responsible at work and at home—God will do what we can’t.
In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul tells us:
“Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
That includes everything.
If God told us to do it, we can do it—but it may take some practice!