What to do when "Casting your cares upon Jesus" doesn't work.

Today I’m scared of these things…
1. Nobody will like my record.
2. My oldest daughter will stop snuggling with me any day now.
3. My book. I now actually have to WRITE IT.
4. My wife will remember what a hopeless piece of sin I am and forget the whole grace thing.
5. I’ll never overcome my core sin and it will own me forever.

See. These are real fears.
No go ahead. Somebody tell me to just trust Jesus…
Hang on…
OK. Did it.
Crap. Still scared.
I must not be trusting Jesus enough.
I must be human.

You see when you place your total faith and dependency on Jesus, He does not take your fears away.
He is available for them. But He doesn’t do the work of taking them.

1 Peter 5:7 says this…
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

My fishing pole does not cast on it’s own.
I actually have to cast it.
And when I first started fishing, I was casting that thing everywhere but where it needed to be.
Trees. Branches. Logs. Clothing. Everywhere but where I was aiming.

I see 1 Peter 5:7 exactly like this.
Just because we are casting, doesn’t mean we are hitting our target.
It takes practice.

So today. Cast. Keep casting. You will be able to tell when you landed on Jesus or if you got caught up in a tree limb.

And don’t pray harder. For God’s sake. Just keep casting.


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  • Shirley

    Everyday. Without fail. You give us something we need to hear in that exact moment. Thanks.

  • Los… I never needed a word like this more in my life. I have people that keep telling me you’re trying to work it too much… Use faith… I’m praying harder and harder and I’m still in this place in my life. A jumbled mess of a man. It seems like I don’t have the faith to move the mountain. Like I should… Thank you for the encouragement in my pilgrimage. Btw… The new record is amazing sir!!! Love ya

  • BriAnne

    Thank you for this.. once again you’ve managed to help me realize I’m not alone.. been through too much and only to get told you just need to trust Jesus more or you need to pray harder.. feeling alone when that just doesn’t work isn’t a good thing..had to figure out how to deal on my own, and still haven’t figured it out.. but this helps me realize I’m not that far off.. thank you for this.. and passing it on to someone else who needs this right now..

  • I’ve come to like you so much in the past few weeks, Carlos. I mean that. Not that I think you were after my “like”, but just because you’ve suddenly seemed more human to me. Previously, I thought of you as a guy who had it all together and dragged the blog world around like a calf on a rope behind your big awesome horse. My apologies.

  • JeannaB

    Thank you for your words, Los. I get what you are saying, I do. Casting for me isn’t the problem honestly it is continuing to live with the same crap after the casting that is so hard. I gave up trying to “fix” my husband several years ago after I realized it isn’t my job (and never had been, honestly). That I have given to God and I am okay with it, but living with the anger, the hate, the addictions. Never knowing if the words he says to me are a true reflections of thoughts and intentions or if he is just venting in the only way he knows. It is hard, I’m bent man. Bent like a pole with a 300 pounder with a 50lb test line (to continue with the metaphor here). I have found myself lately asking God to just break me already, break my life, my world, so that I can start putting it all back together already. I’ve cast, and I believe I hit the mark, but the bend is exhausting, and it’s getting harder to hold on…

    • april

      Hang on Jeanna! I feel your frustation. I KNOW your pain. God has told me to trust Him and leave my hubby for Him to take care of….easier said than done, right? But I know I’ve got to hang on. God gives us the grace & strenght to get through anything, even though it seems like we can’t take another day of the struggle/fight.

      God bless you and keep you!

  • L.

    Sometimes I wonder if I’m casting correctly. To me, casting means relying on God’s promises to help, to remember what Jesus says about worrying, etc. Sometimes this helps, and other times it doesn’t. Actually, is varies minute by minute. Anyway, it does take practice and scripture reading. Many times, I’ve read a verse that speaks directly to me, so that helps with my casting, or rather, my faith.

  • april

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I thought I was doing something wrong.

  • Los, this was awesome. I’m trying to share through your FB “Like” button and it won’t let me. I’m going to just cut and paste the URL so I can share it anyway, but I thought you might want to know. 🙂

  • Clay Harryman

    I tweeted this on 19 October:

    Клей Гарримана ‏@BigHarryDaddy
    how do i give God all my fears? it’s easy to say – but they won’t go away.

    So… I should keep casting them upon Him. Makes sense – and I really like the fishing analogy. I’m sure He does, as well – most of His good friends were fishermen…

    Some days are a lot harder than others. Some days I can’t even sleep ‘cuz I’m afraid of:
    – what if my boss is just being nice to me until the next round of layoffs?
    – what if my kids grow up to be the same kind of loser I was for so many years?
    – what if some horrible tragedy befalls my wife and kids?
    – what if I’m afraid ‘cuz my faith ain’t strong enough to move the mountain of fear?

    I tell myself to read Matt 6:34 (don’t worry about tomorrow…) and I feel better for about 20 seconds.

  • Yep, you got that one right. “Just pray harder” keeps the weight on me. Casting takes time and practice, but it gets easier the more you do it. Te goal for me has always been “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Tim 6:6) Contentment is where casting is taking me.

  • Amen.

  • Thank you so much for this. I have been dealing with anxiety lately so my husband suggested I find a scripture to meditate on. Thank you for providing a perfect one.

  • Jesus C.

    i agree. keep casting. but that casting isn’t random, aimless, or hopeful in the way we use the term colloquially, as in “i hope this works”. look at the end of that passage in 1 peter, verses 10 and 11:

    10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, WILL HIMSELF RESTORE YOU and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

    so yes, do your part, keep casting, but recognize that the STRUGGLE is not happening out of God’s control !!! the struggle is part of the lesson.

    when thoughts come up in our head, we need to think, “is this true?” if it isn’t, what IS. what does the Bible say about this circumstance? (philippians 4:8-9)

    truth will trump lies EVERY TIME when we believe and apply it!

    let’s cast with WISDOM, looking to SCRIPTURE for strength, truth, and guidance to get through our trials. since we believe in the God of the Bible, lets keep going there for His comfort and direction. cj mahaney said “we need to less time listening to ourselves and more time talking to ourselves.” i completely agree. let’s talk scriptural truths into these anxious, stressful, disconcerting situations that come up in our lives.

    • Lyn

      Thanks for that. You just changed my life!!

  • Most days, I can’t think of what to blog about. But I come to your site and love how you aren’t just generating content for the sake of a blog, but you’re just living and sharing. Thanks for the realness, it’s inspiring. You’ve embraced alot of stuff in the past few months that most Christians dance around, never ballsing up to say out loud.

  • don’t know what your core sin is, not asking.

    I do know this, though…

    If you’re aware of it, & don’t want it to own you, that means it prolly won’t.

    How do I know?

    I speak from experience.


  • About 6 months ago I started praying this pray exactly for this reason. “God help me to walk in faith and not stand in fear.” I realized that when I get fearful I allow it to immobilize me. I’m struggling with that right now too. My wife, and son, and I are moving to a new city in order to be a part of what God is doing in an awesome church there. She has already started her new job, but I’m still looking for one and living in the city we’re moving from. It scares me, because there is not a lot of jobs there that I can just get into. Most of the jobs that are there are specialized. So I’m scared, and right now I’m not doing my best to walk in faith, but I pray that God will give the strength to.

  • Wow, bro.

    This post is really real. I have many of the same fears.

    “What is most personal is often most universal,” Henri Nouwen

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Wildatheart

    Thank you carlos – i think its going to take me a while to get the hang of this casting thing but I so appreciate your words of encouragement at this moment. I find listening to Christian music is a really powerful tool for me when I feel plagued or crippled for fear and need to be reminded that God loves me and He has it all under control – the wisdom of the truth of the scripture fills me through the music. Often (not always of course – i wish!!) it works, or at least nudges me in the right direction – towards God.

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