“The more we stress about the little things, the more we show ourselves to be focusing on the little things, and not on the creator of them.” - Christian Erickson
We know that in our culture we are always pushed to be busy and productive. It’s a normal occurrence to go to bed exhausted every night and wake up early. The American dream is in and of itself an ode to working hard for what you want. And working hard isn’t bad necessarily. Paul even tells us that whatever you do, do as if unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). Working hard is what we were made for; it’s what we find joy in, doing something well. The bad part comes in when we become consumed with working, consumed in the little picture of things, all that we can see. We get so caught up in our business that we easily fall into the idolatry of whatever it is we are working on; finishing school, getting that job to spearhead your career, repainting the house, getting that car, even finishing the laundry. We as humans fall into sin so easily, and the corruptions of this world will twist anything good created by God's hands into something that will distract from Him.
A telltale sign that we are caught up in the admiration of the creation instead of the Creator is how we react when the creation disappoints, when we suffer. When life happens, when your car breaks down, when you lose your job, when your loved one gets sick.. When so many bad things all seem to be happening at once. When the business of all that we worked for comes crumbling down, how do we react?
The answer lies in where are eyes have been looking. Of course the natural emotion to feel is sorrow, anger, frustration, desperation, stress; that is, if we are staring at the problem in front of us. Why? Because it is out of our control; we are staring right at it and no matter how hard we work, we can’t do a thing about it. However, if our eyes are on Christ, how big, how great, how wonderful, beautiful, sovereign and perfect He is, how small then, do our problems become? When we focus on Him, things fall into perspective. The idea that our lives are completely in His control and in His hands is peace. Jeremiah 29:11, the coffee cup verse of the year, tells us this. Because we know this verse, we know that God has a purpose for all of our sufferings and that can only lead to His Glory being shown to others, which is worth the highest rejoicing!
It’s important to be checking yourself; where are your desires?
Your desire should be with Your King, and His love; our only satisfaction.