So I’m scrolling through Instagram this morning looking at cute home designs like I do most days and I see an older post from Joana Gaines. The quote reads: It’s not the load that breaks you down it’s the way you carry it. Wow! An eye and heart opener for me today.
How many of you feel like you are carrying so much on your plate and it feels like you’re just not accomplishing it all or you’re going to break? That’s a burden. A burden that as long as you view it as such will always weigh you down.
Have you ever tried to pick up something really heavy and maybe strained your back or your arms and legs were hurting the next morning? It’s because you didn’t carry it correctly. The experts always say bend with your knees or get someone else to help.
Well mamas I’m happy to remind you today that we don’t have to carry our burdens alone!
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
1. We are supposed to go to Jesus. Not Facebook, nor your mom or your best girlfriend but Jesus. Submit your burden to him FIRST. Jesus’ entire earthly ministry was the invitation to discipleship. The weight of the world can leave a poor mother to feel crushed, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. The only true place of rest and peace comes from following Jesus.
2. Take his yoke. What does this mean? To take Christ’s yoke means to submit oneself to the authority of Christ. It means to put ourselves under his rule, to join together with him. And he promises that, as the people who submit to his authority and are yoked with him, will find rest for their soul.
3. Be teachable. He will guide us and direct us through the Word. We are to look to the example he has already set for us through the life he lived on earth.
4. What we receive in return is a lighter burden (notice He doesn’t take the burden away, it’s just easier to bear). The joy here is that we still get to share in the accomplishment of the work but without the burden. God isn’t saying with him we won’t experience any discomfort or disdain but when we don’t we don’t have to go it alone and handle it all on our own.
Feeling discouraged? There’s hope in submitting to the authority to the authority of Christ. Take his yoke and make your burdens light.