Every morning we wake up and make a series of decisions.
- Am I going to work out today?
- Am I going to walk the dog?
- Am I going to work this morning?
- Should I take a shower?
- Should I brush my teeth? (FYI, the answer to this one should be yes)
- Which of these burdens will I carry with me today?
Oh, you don't ask yourself that? Maybe you didn't realize that is a decision that you can actually make, but it absolutely is a decision we have complete control over.
Allow me to explain further. You see, we don't always have a say in what causes the situations and circumstances of our burdens. It maybe a bad situation at work, a stressful conversation with your spouse, or any number of other events. In fact, this time last week, according to my Facebook news feed anyway, a lot of people made the decision of carrying the burden of a performance from the VMAs that they found to be less than pleasant. That alone should be enough to reinforce that the burdens we carry are something we choose, but I'll go a little further and with different support so that our Achy-Breaky hearts will understand more clearly.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, to come to Him, all who are wear and heavy burdened, to take His yoke upon us, and He will give us rest. Why? Because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Basically, He is telling us that we are making the troubles that we carry with us, (What if someone is unhappy with me or doesn't like me? What if something goes wrong with the people I care about? - or even the trivial things like, "Why didn't my football team perform to my expectations of them in the opening week? - you know, the stuff that pulls at your mind all day), a lot heavier than they need to be. Jesus asks that we simply lay them at His feet in exchange for His burden. This exchange is a conscious decision that has to be made by us, but it is always offered.
Jesus' burden? To love people and to make the kingdom of God known in the world. If you look at Jesus' life, that was what He lived for - to show love to a world that was in desperate need of it. That is the burden that we carry, at least as Believers.
So when you wake up in the morning and you are making all those decisions, add this one to the list. Remember, our nature is to go back to the things we have been comfortable with, so you will have to prayerfully evaluate and attack those instincts to continue carrying Christ's burden in place of your own.
May your yoke be easy and your burden light!