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Take your concerns, no matter how small, to God
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We all have problems of some sort, don’t we? Granted, some of our problems are not as big as those others face. It would be very easy for us to look at our problems then look at those of others, and feel guilty for being concerned about our "small" problems in light of theirs, right?

I don’t think so.

Some mornings I drive Cole to day care. On those especially cold mornings, I put a fleece blanket over him. I have the heat running on high, and by the time we’re halfway there, the cab is toasty warm. Cole gets hot under the blanket, and begins to push it off of him.

Some mornings when he does this, he starts fussing and crying. I look over and see the problem. The blanket is hung on his shoe. Something about the fleece fabric and the rubber sole of his shoe makes a stronger bond than baby snot on a shirt fresh from the dry cleaner.

To me, that’s a small problem. But to Cole, who is unable to fix the situation himself, the concern is huge.

So what do I do? Berate him for bothering me with such a small concern in the grand scheme of things? Do I try to explain to him that other people in the world have to deal with problems such as homelessness, hunger and health care?

No. I reach over and pull the blanket off his foot. I speak soothing words to him in order to calm his concern.

You see, although Cole’s problem is very small in the grand scheme of things, it’s a big deal to him. And if it’s a big deal to him, it’s a big deal to me. Why? Because I’m his daddy. What concerns him concerns me.

God sees us in the same way. Some of our problems are of little concern in the grand scheme of things. They’re big to us, though. And if they’re big to us, they’re big to him.

What are your struggles, your worries, your concerns? Think they’re too small to bother God with? No they’re not. He cares about what happens in your life because he loves you.

First Peter 5:7 says, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Tell your heavenly father all about your concerns, your worries and your fears. He’s listening. He will grant you peace, and work in that situation to bring about his perfect will for your life.

Parrish Myers is pastor of Pine Crest Baptist Church in Gainesville. His column appears every other week in Sunday Life.