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The Fret Files: Carelessness – Falling Too Far From Worry



If you’ve been following along in the series you know the mess worry can cause in your life and hopefully you’ve learned how to identify it and stay out of worry.  Sometimes though, our flesh just seems to gravitate to the extreme and the enemy is all to eager for us to go there.

The opposite extreme of worry is carelessness.

Carelessness may allow you to be “free” but it can have negative effects.

I found myself trying to get so far away from worry that I began to care less.  But carelessness is not the opposite of worry.  Carelessness was leading me away to a place where I didn’t want to bother with things or people.  I could care less.

But we are not called to care less.  We are called to care.

Carelessness is A Fake

Carelessness is not the real opposite of worry.  Some antonyms for worry include: calmness, cheer, confidence, sureness, contentment, happiness and peace.  

Remind you of anything?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. ~ Philippians 4:8

When I read those antonyms it reminded me of Paul’s words to the Philippians. If we are choosing to think on such things the opposite of worry will come to us.

Caring less is not in this list.  That is because carelessness is an extreme opposite and can be described as negligent, thoughtless, unthoughtful and inattentive.  I don’t see these words used to describe how we are to think and behave in scripture.

If you are a recovering worrier ask the Lord to show you if you are slipping into the opposite extreme.  A life without care and emotion may sound better than a life or worry and torment but it is not a biblical way to live. 

Have you ever found yourself in a prolonged state of carelessness? How did you get yourself back to balance?

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  1. Being care-less is allowing the pendulum swing back too far the other way. When we care about someone or something it costs us, and there is responsibility. But when we “think on the things” that are noble, lovely, true etc. we are then putting those things and people, we care about into proper perspective. Placing them into God’s atmosphere of love and security brings us out of worry and into his peace. Great post Danielle, thanks!

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