Lighten Up

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? I hear so many people today say how busy and overwhelming their lives are. Everyone seems to be saying, “I always have so much to do and so little time to do it.” Sometimes I think we get so used to carrying our own burdens that we cling to them because they bring us comfort and a false sense of responsibility. We become addicted to worrying about them. We get caught up in them and then allow ourselves to become downtrodden by them.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Today we live in a world filled with so much anxiety and angst! One of the greatest lies the world tells us is that to have a good life, and perhaps especially a good Christian life, is having safe, respected, comfortable and prosperous lives. God never guarantees our success, comfort or even respectabilty. Instead, He asks us to be willing to give up absolutely everything in order to trust him and to follow where He leads us. It’s important that we learn to recognize these burdens that we put on ourselves, and to completely trust God to make the very best decisions for our lives.

“Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Our goal should be to please God with all our decisions. We should always ask ourselves, ‘is this just a Good decision or is it a God decision.’ Biblical scripture provides us with comfort and support and gives us relief from the suffering that everyday burdens cause. If you’ve been looking behind you with sorrow or around you with sadness, fix your eyes on what’s ahead. God’s wonderful future for His children is beyond our imagination.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.

Sweet Blessings

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