There’s such a thing as working too hard. Diligence, effort, and persistence are all great, but insistence is not. Insistence is when you’re trying to make something happen. You can drive yourself and everyone around you crazy trying to do everything so perfectly that….fill in the blank…

If you recognize yourself in these words, you, my friend, have fallen into the little god trap. Only God moves the heavens and the earth, but little gods think they do. Little gods stress to the max because they think they can blow it. Talk about anxiety. Deluding yourself that you can make something happen—love, money, success, health—is just a way of reducing your anxiety. The truth is that you really have no control at all. People who take awesome care of themselves drop dead every day. The nicest people in the world are single. The humblest and hardest working people are often the poorest. And evil prospers in all kinds of ways.

We may not be aware of it, but at least subconsciously, the delusion that we control things alleviates the anxiety of living in a world of total uncertainty. Even if we’re aware of it, we may cling to the delusion because it really does alleviate some anxiety. But even though we feel less anxious if we work out, save our money, and follow the Golden Rule, we’ve only put a lid on our anxiety. We’re still anxious, which is why we’re doing the things we do. There’s only one way to eliminate anxiety: embrace total uncertainty and surrender all to God.

Faith is important, but trust is key. Trust says you’re willing to turn your hopes, desires, health, love, success, money, children—everything—over to God. You’re only human so you’ll still be devastated in certain situations, but it doesn’t mean you need to feel anxious. Peace is the greatest gift God can give us in this life. The peace that passeth all understanding comes from knowing life can devastate you, but it cannot separate you from God without your consent.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

The truth is you can have everything, but if you don’t have peace, you have nothing. And you can have nothing, but if you have peace, you have everything. It sounds a little cray cray, but it really doesn’t matter what happens in life because life isn’t what really matters. It’s the eternities that matter and only the parts of life that affect the eternities are worth much. Your trust in God—especially in His timing—is the thing that matters most, and peace is the way you can measure your trust in God. It’s worth giving up what you desperately want to feel the peace of knowing that you already have what you deeply want. The rest is icing.

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