You know I always have good intentions for my mornings, but somehow I'm still in my pajamas when I drop my children off at school.
My good intentions always include this ideal of how I feel my life should look, or how it should flow. Often I am bombarded with the to do list of “balance” and “excellence” and the thing is, I always fall short.
You know there are times when you think you will have MORE time, MORE sleep, MORE help in order to get it all done. We look at the list and we know that we can't possibly get it all done in one day. Or maybe we are convinced if we were just a little more disciplined, AWAKE, richer, or even healthier, then maybe we could fit our life into this standard we have placed on ourselves.
One thing The Lord has been speaking to my heart is that His burden is light.
For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:30 NLT)
This scripture means so many things to me. Following Jesus in so many ways should free us, not oppress us. But so many times we continue to take on a burden that Jesus has already bore for us.
God had spoken to my heart as I was making the final decision to put my children into public school, my burden is light, it shouldn't be this difficult. We often talk about how hard life is, and life has never been easy. We are definitely going to have to face circumstances that are completely out of our control. But a lot of our stress comes from the burdens we have placed on ourselves.
So many things we fight for, and so many people we fight with. A lot of the times we are trying to grow a fruit tree out of weeds. We invest in opportunites, or even relationships, that are just plain difficult. We desire to grow deep roots, and yet we are just throwing seed on shallow ground.
Or maybe it's time to move on and we are unable to let go. Let go of control, or even the things we feel gives us a purpose in this life. God may desire greatly to promote us, but we are stuck trying to make something out of nothing.
I so struggle with not feeling good enough. My friend said to me once, “The devil doesn't have new tricks.” She is so right! The devil doesn't have new tricks, he always brings up the old, worn out, lies.
I have found that when I don't feel good enough then it's because I am either not meeting a standard I had placed on myself, or I have pursued a closed door opportunity, and stayed in a false relationship far too long.
You see His burden is light. Opportunities will flow, and doors will open, and you will realize that the favor you are experiencing isn't because of anything you've done, but they are a mighty work of God!
Good, healthy, relationships will be just that, you won't have to impress, or chase after their love. We can love God and love others. Either those around us will love us back, or they won't.
We don't have to earn God's love, then why do we strive to earn the love of people? God never asked us to strive for the love of others, in fact His word discourages against it. But for some reason we have been taught that we need to earn love, and if people don't love us, then we are unlovable and not good enough.
In order to get to a place of worship we need to find that rest Jesus talks about in Matthew chapter 11. We need to be able to rest in His love, and just trust Him…
Love is selfless and it is constantly pursuing ways to bridge the gap of disconnection in the world. Love brings freedom, not only to us, but also to those around us. When we are walking in love we desire the best for people. In this four week mini Bible Study come and explore what unconditional love looks like in your life today.