"Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there's nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy"
"Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You"
Christ is Enough - Hillsong United
Travel is exciting - I love the thrill of not knowing what country I will be living in next, the last minute decisions to make a weekend trip to a new city, and the challenges of language barriers in foreign places. But also, travel is difficult, especially for someone like me, who thrives on organization and having a plan. Some might even label me a “control freak.” Which OK, it’s a term that can be thrown around in light-hearted fun, but in actuality it does point to a real area of struggle in my life - that struggle is anxiety.
In general, anxiety is something that just seems to follow me around in day-to-day life, more so in some seasons of life than others. But recently, I was listening to “Christ is Enough” by Hillsong, and was convicted about how my anxiety really points to something deeper spiritually.
Worry is a good indicator to reveal what is important to us. People worry about making the football team, their kids’ safety, money, doing well in a job interview, getting good grades, losing 5 pounds, what people think of them, or the clothes they wear, because those things are important to them. And these aren’t bad things to value, so long as they are given an appropriate amount of value.
Ultimately, Jesus should be most important in our lives. Nothing else can even compare. I think that often, I wrestle with anxiety because I contemplate losing my grip on whatever it is I’m holding onto. And so my response is to grip even more tightly, giving myself a false sense of security, because I think that I “need” whatever it is I’m holding onto.
But Christ is enough. He is all and more than we ever need. It’s a matter of changing our perspective - of realizing what is important versus what is of utmost importance (Jesus!)
The thing is, our hands are closed when we grip something - meaning we are unable to receive anything more. We miss out on God’s blessings when we hold onto material things so tightly. But as we trust that God is enough, we stop gripping things of the world completely. Instead, we stand with open palms - trusting that God is enough, and allowing Him to both give and take away in His perfect timing.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” - Matthew 6:25-34
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.