Mark 4:19, NIV: But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Sometimes I wonder if I could care less. Could I care less about making a living, working a job, or planning for retirement? I would hope I could care for that only to the extent that I should. “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Mt. 6:32). Sometimes I wonder if I could care less for people. I would hope that I could care more. But selfish apathy sometimes finds my flesh is weak. The trouble is not when we care, or care less, but when our care is misplaced. Things in the world are fleeting, and the cares for this life will leave us empty. But caring for the things of God is like investing in best retirement plan imaginable--one that bears the best kind of interest. Christ centered caring does not disregard the things of this life, or people, or anything. Instead, it enables us to care for all things in a manner that honors God, and keeps all things in perspective.