Let’s face it, the news has not been full of happy things lately. It’s easy to be scared by all the things we hear and to start to let that fear influence us in our lives. It might be the little things: thinking twice about transatlantic flights, second-guessing those concert tickets. But fear, even in small doses, can have powerful implications. It can change your thinking. It can change your emotions. It can change your relationships.
This week – my last week – at school, I asked my students to describe me and describe our school year. They chose words like ‘fantastic’, ‘awesome’, ‘challenging’, and one more: ‘carefree’.
The dictionary defines ‘carefree’ as being free from anxiety. Imagine that! Being free from worries or anxieties. As a constant worrier and someone who has suffered – still suffers, truth be told – from depression and anxiety, the thought of being completely free from that sounds amazing! How would you live differently if you were free from worries?
Maybe you’d take more risks. Maybe you’d speak truth more often. Maybe you’d love more recklessly and abundantly.
So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7 (MSG)
How can we live carefree? Can we live carefree?
Reading those words from 1 Peter, we are reminded that living carefree is exactly how God wants us to live. We are His precious children, whom He loves and takes delight in. He loves to watch us smile and laugh, not frown and worry. We can live carefree because we have the confidence that He is taking great care with us.
Living carefree does not mean we are careless. If anything, when we are free of worries we are able to care more. We can love without fear of rejection. We can reach out without fear of falling. We can trust without fear of being hurt.
So, this week, live carefree. Take risks. Be content with who you are and do not try to meet unrealistic expectations of you or fit into a mould someone else has made for you. Enjoy life, leave the worries behind, and remember: there is always good news in Christ.