July 8, 2020

The title of this post is well known by many people. It comes from 1 Peter 5:7.  The verse before that is equally important. It says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”

Believe me, because I know, if one does not cast their cares upon the Lord, those cares become great sources of worry. Worry is not good. It can affect one physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I’ve been there, done that. It’s hard sometimes NOT to worry. Especially on your own. That’s why we must cast those cares upon Christ. Then, and only then, can we get them under control.

Later this morning, I have to go to my cardiologist for a stress test. I’ve had a lot of trouble keeping my blood pressure under control the past year and a half.  I have done all I know to do by losing weight, eating properly, and exercising more. And my family doctor has swapped my blood pressure lowering meds around several times.  So I went to see a cardiologist about my problem. He has done all kinds of testing on my heart. He says my heart looks very healthy for a man of my age. He thought that re-tweaking my meds would solve my high blood pressure problem.  A few weeks ago he tried one more tweak. Since then, my blood pressure has been normal. But he wanted to do this stress test just to make sure there was no small blockage somewhere.

It looks like my worries over this problem were uncalled for. That’s usually the way things are with most of our worry problems. There’s usually nothing we can personally do to make many things go away, to begin with.  Therefore, cast them upon the Lord.

I’ve known this forever, that to help get your problems and worries behind you, focus on helping someone else with their problems. But that’s hard to do when you are so burdened with your own.  You must get rid of your worries to help others. Maybe a family member needs help, or a friend. Even a casual acquaintance or a stranger may need help you could give. Who knows why you may have been in the right place at the right time to help another one of God’s children?

We all have unique skills for such occasions. It may be a one time experience (like my daughter, Rachel, an R.N. who recently saved an old man from choking to death) or a recurring situation where you are called on by God to help another.  My sister, Lana, is an excellent example. I tease her that she is a call-in psychologist to many of her friends and family.  She gets many calls, nearly every day, where people call her for support and encouragement. I told her that she needed to learn how to say, “I need to go. I have something important to do.”  But she won’t.  Also, Sandra, my precious wife, has started calling people regularly to cheer them up and encourage them.  Especially her elderly brother who loves to hear from her. Sandra tries to call him at least once a week.  These events are pure ministry. They not only help the recipient, but they also help the one initiating the kind gesture.

One of my first blog posts was titled, “ DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY.”  I got a lot of comments from that post.  So, again this morning I encourage all of you to cast your care upon Him, because He cares for you.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley

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