Time to unload!
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you." I Peter 5:7
Every one of us has a resource 24/7 that we can completely and safely unload on, yet most people never take advantage of this great provision.
Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."
I was reading something recently that Joyce Meyer wrote about worship and she said that she believes a lot of people have not had a proper emotional release in worship, therefore they release emotions improperly at other times. I agree.
It got me to thinking that a lot of people also don't have a proper vent session with the Lord, therefore they have inappropriate vent sessions with others. Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. God is supposed to be our best friend. He talks to us and we need to be listening but do we also give him all of our anxieties? He's the only friend we're ever instructed to completely, utterly, 100% do that with.
I don't mind teaching people to pray, in fact I thrive on it. Part of the way I teach them is by example -- having them pray right alongside me to learn. But quite honestly there are many of my prayer times that would never be appropriate for anyone to listen to, except the Lord. This is because I discuss many things with the Lord that are not only sacred but sometimes quite honestly they are anything BUT sacred-- they are negative emotions that need to be released and to a person it would be toxic, but to the Lord it's what he expects.
A constant casting of our cares is essential. Where we cast them is crucial. While we all need trusted friends to confide in, none of them are equipped to bear our emotional load 24/7. And some things are only meant for the ears of God.
Sometimes He listens and wraps me in His love. Other times He rebukes. Yet at other times He gives me a course of action to respond with. He is faithful to be there and respond at all times.
Remember to regularly unload to the Lord and minimize the danger of improper unloading to those who were never equipped to handle every single thing that's inside.