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I had a good friend and walking partner who used to put rocks in a backpack because I walked so much slower than her and she wanted a better workout. Unfortunately, most of us walk around with our backpack of life burdened with rocks that slow us down on our journey.

Our disappointments, expectations, failures, and even our quest for some elusive success can drive us to a place of being overwhelmed and overworked. Eventually we can end up completely done and exhausted.  For some it’s a matter of thinking they have to do it all and be it all to everyone or fix everything.  For others, it’s a feeling of emotionally empty and dry because they have not taken time to fill up or because they don’t understand that others will never live up to their expectations.

Every time we fail to look at and let go of the past (which is anything behind this moment), we add a rock to our backpack.   A rock of bitterness or unforgiveness, a rock of selfishness, a rock of compulsive behavior, a rock of constant activity to avoid pain, etc.

God never intended for us to be bent over with the burdens of life.  He has given us an open invitation to let go and move in freedom.  Matthew 11:28, 29:  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. ( I will ease and relieve and refresh your soul). Take My yoke on you and learn of Me. I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (relief, refreshment, recreation, and blessed quest for your souls.”  The scripture goes on to say that His way is wholesome, useful and good, comfortable and pleasant.

Once again, doesn’t mean that life is always easy.   Only that as we come to Him and learn His ways, we will not be overcome by the circumstances.  He moves us from anxiousness, confusion, and exhaustion to sweet, refreshing, quiet rest.

All we have to do is come!


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