When my twenty-five-year-old son drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for an overdue visit, I was ecstatic. In our family, he’s the professional photographer and the aspiring filmmaker. We love to chat about artsy projects.
The weekend visit was too short, but I had one last chance to “mother” him before he left.
“Would you like a snack for the road, Chris?”
I’ll bake some cookies, I thought.
Too, much sugar? My brain waves were in full mother mode. I better make him a sandwich.
By the time I finished, Chris had an Igloo cooler full of hearty food, protein bars, sweets, fruit, and drinks.
“Wow! Thanks, mom.”
Blessings Turn into More
Have you noticed, blessings have a way of multiplying and turning into more? Whether God blesses us or we bless others, more is sure to follow.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 New American Standard Bible
Every time I encounter more, I’m grateful, but I’m challenged to grow spiritually. I used to think blessings were maintenance-free bonus gifts. I soon realized when God blesses me with more, there are more responsibilities to consider. If I pray for a bigger house, I’ll have more bathrooms to clean.
The increase means there’s more required. Let’s look at the blessing of marriage. First the nuptials start with two starry-eyed newlyweds, and soon the “more” begins to evolve.
Developing a Partnership
More Financial Management
When we say “I do“ more responsibilities follow–for decades. Don’t get me wrong. That’s not a bad picture. I wouldn’t trade my complex, crazy, unpredictable life for anything less. The “more” in my marriage was a blessing, but it also helped me come face-to-face with my vulnerabilities, fears, and ego. God, however, was always in the more.
God is in the More
Words can further God’s Kingdom, but yes, there will be more. More what?
When we share our faith with a neighbor, small group, or someone we’re mentoring, it will require more prayer, more time, and more commitment, but we’re not alone. God is in the more. He will give us more love, more faith, and more strength to carry out His work.
If we choose to speak as a career/ministry, there will be more challenges and work. Yes, sometimes, it can get messy, but that’s when we learn how to cast our anxiety on God.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6 New American Standard Bible
When insecurities cause us to believe we aren’t enough—we’re not, but God is enough. Believe in Him and not in our lack or abundance of skills. God will transform us and equip us for the task.
Inviting God into Our More
Anxiety will try to overwhelm us, but we have 1 Peter 5:6 to remind us to follow the path of humility, and cast our cares into the capable hands of God. We are inviting God into our more.
When we cast our cares, we need to be intentional. We can’t halfheartedly cast our cares as if we’re tossing a beach ball. We need to cast our cares like a Hammer-Throw Olympian.
Let’s break some spiritual records and practice casting our anxieties on God, and begin to share our faith with new fervor.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.