The Secret to a Carefree Life

One great secret of a carefree life is to learn that how you respond to a problem is often more important than the problem itself!  

Something in us wants to believe life should be problem-free.  It’s a great dream, but when we don’t get what we want right away we’re prone to grumbling, blaming someone, taking offense or sulking away in our own private world. 

The Bible says we’ll have difficulties in life.  In fact, the reason we’re here is to overcome them.  The good works God prepared before we were born for us to walk in isn’t a cake walk, it’s a life of overcoming!  Jesus put it, “In this life you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33  

carefree 4Weight lifters know that they need to press against resistance to build their muscles.  In like manner spiritually capable people have learned to see problems as times of resistance for building up their spiritual strength. That’s what “take heart” means.

Jesus also said: “By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.”  Luke 21:19   God wants us to gain our souls.  The Greek word for “soul” is psuche, from which we get words like psyche and psychology.  The word literally means “to breathe or blow” and refers to the breath of God filling us with life which produces a positive, overcoming attitude.  By learning not only to endure the problems of life but to face them positively, we gain ourselves even if we can’t solve a problem right away.  With God’s Spirit in us, all things are possible.  So much so that we can walk through life enveloped by an atmosphere of hope, joy and victory that often releases the very favor we need to solve the problems we face.

So, learn to be vigilant when problems arise.  There’s the problem, and then there’s what rises up in us to address the problem.  Take time to breathe before reacting and ask God for His perspective and strength to deal with the problem.  Learning to call problems “challenges” and “opportunities” is a good place to start.  Try saying it outloud, even if it sounds funny—especially if a problem is very difficult.  Hearing our own positive self-talk reminds us God is with us always, and His plan is always to prosper us, give us hope and lead us into a better future.  Jeremiah 29:11  The best is yet to come!