Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai

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Cares of this world

Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, in circumstances, nor even in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the same fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed. But the first thing that will hinder this joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances. Jesus said, "...the cares of this world,...choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful" (Mark 4:19). And before we even realize what has happened, we are caught up in our cares. All that God has done for us is merely the threshold—He wants us to come to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim who Jesus is.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (31 August,"'My Joy...Your Joy'")

Letting that "subtle irritability" creep in a lot lately. It's a pitfall of my personality and character, in my journalling and elsewhere. I even tune lots of stuff out, simply because it falls into the "cares of this world" category, but narcissism gets the best of me and the cares of my world become inflated and, ultimately, suffocating.

Jesus set me free from that, if I'll walk in it.

Earl Grey tea with biscuits and fresh blackberry preserves this morning. Lunch with Heather today and Community Group this evening. And everything else I could ever need or desire has already been secured.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

—Civilla D. Martin, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"

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