Monday, October 24, 2011

Don't Let Your Burdens Weigh You Down

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Ever feel over burdened? If you're like most of us, the answer will be, "Yes." As a matter of fact, my answer is more like "When am I not?" Too often I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders as I go through the day. And frankly, that really is not necessary.

There was a day not too long ago that despite being over tired and achy I decided to do the food shopping on my way home. Feeling exhausted I muddled through the experience and loaded the car with oodles of bundles that included a 50lb bag of dog food. A feeling of dread accompanied me on the drive home as I thought about how I was going to have to unload the car and put all the stuff away. Then, pulling into the driveway I realized I had three choices:

  1. Do it all myself without asking the family for help.
  2. Ask someone to help me but still do the bulk of it myself.
  3. Ask the family to take over the task and go inside and rest.

If I did it all myself, the feeling of being over burdened would only increase as would my physical tiredness. If I asked for help but did not let go of the task I'd feel a little relief but not enough to be restored. I figured out I needed to just let others carry my load.

Isn't that the same with God? Don't we have to give him our burdens and trust that He can carry the load? Trust that He wants us to relinquish our burdens so that He may be Glorified!

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