“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” — 1 Peter 5: 6-7
On Aug. 15, the IndyStar published a piece by columnist Gregg Doyel telling the story of University of Indianapolis wide receiver Ryan Topper. In January, Topper was driving behind his friend, Brock Meister, when Meister’s car hit a patch of ice and spun off the road. Topper held Meister’s head until an ambulance got there, which saved his life. While Meister was recovering in the hospital, Topper made the five-hour round trip visit every week. Until Brock’s mom wrote to him, Topper’s coach had no clue. Topper hadn’t said a word about anything that had happened.
Talk about humility.
Part of growing in our relationship with Christ is understanding how badly we need Him. We are broken and flawed people who don’t have everything figured out. Our confidence should come from Christ and Christ alone, not any success we’ve had or anything we’ve done. Through the good times and the bad, it’s crucial for us to always remember how great and powerful God is. We are just His vessels.
When we embrace God’s agenda instead of our own, we can have a sense of peace knowing it’s all in His hands. Casting our fears and anxiety means we give them to God and then let go. As much as we might want to have control of our lives sometimes, so many things are out of our hands. Remembering God is in control allows us to serve with humility and gratefulness.
— Joshua Doering
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