Just in conversation this week, I have had some “make you stop and think” moments. A good friend said yesterday, (taken from a quote she had heard) “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
To care for someone is to relieve them of having to care for themselves.
In 1 Peter 5:7 we are instructed to “cast all of our cares upon God because He cares for us.” These cares that are spoken of are a state of mind. We could define them as mixed emotions about something, apprehensions or even responsibility to something.
Cares can also be described as “painstaking watchful attention.” The cares that we have will most definitely reveal who it is we are watching; the object of our attention. A care is this, according to Merriam Webster: A person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude.
It comes down to this. If we personally or someone we love is the object of our attention, the things concerning those in subject will lead to a caring that is not of God. Anxiety, worry and fear are all symptomatic of caring for and carrying something that we are not equipped to care for or carry. It’s the slipped disc or fatigued muscle of misused and displaced faith.
When all of our cares are cast upon God, we can stand up! There is an alignment that will release us from pressure points. There is no anxiety, worry or fear that stems from looking to and watching God. When He is the focus of our attention, we don’t have to look around and wonder if everything is taken care of. It is.
He cares for us. He cares in place of us. He cares when we can’t possibly care enough! He asks us in Matthew 6:27, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”
Now, this will convict you. I know it has me. To take thought is to seek to promote one’s interests or to provide for oneself. We can add nothing to our life! Nothing.
Do you know what that means? Do you know how exciting this is? He will promote our interest, when He is our interest! He will provide us everything we need because He is all we need!
Now back to the quote. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. How interested are we in “doing” what we see Father doing? It’s His business to care for us. There are so many caring for themselves and this is an elementary step in ministering to others. Care for them as He has cared for you. He will care through you.