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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, July 23, 2018

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” — 1 Peter 5:7

Turn It Over

On July 18, Orioles infielder Manny Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a slew of prospects, thus beginning the countdown to the MLB trading deadline on July 31.

In a recent interview on our podcast, Denard Span said it was “very difficult” to be traded in the middle of the season, as he was back in May from Tampa, his hometown, to the Seattle Mariners.

It’s amazing that a player can be home one day and in a completely different city the next, trying to find their way around, frantically looking for a place to live, getting their family settled in, and still having to go to work and perform like there is absolutely no other stressors in their lives. Maybe “work” is more of a “release.”

As Christians we need a “release” from the stress of our lives as well. Some days we need it more than others because our burdens just seem heavier than normal.

While there are many helpful ways to relieve stress, Jesus asks us to let Him do the work on our behalf. I think He takes pleasure in relieving us of our burdens. I think He is pleased when we trust Him enough to let Him handle the stressors in our lives. It brings joy to the heart of God when His children discover how much He loves them and allow Him to take their anxieties upon Himself. What an amazing gift.

Whatever burden you are bearing today, realize that God longs to shoulder it for you. Cast your cares upon Him.

Jason Romano

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