As much as we complain about the burdens of life, we sure do love picking up extra baggage. It could start with some genuine efforts of community service, then a little sincerity expressed to close family members, then a little help to your friends. Before you know it, you've begun to carry so many things. All because you may want to prove yourself as a "good" Christian or even a "nice" person. Or, some of you may even think it's the right thing to do.
Can I tell you something? Know that God loves you exactly as you are right now. Even at your messiest moments, He loved you. He doesn't love you any more now than He loved you then, and that won't ever change. Don't begin to believe that you being a "yes" man satisfies God. Yes, God wants you to help your fellow brethren, but He doesn't want you to be weighed down in the process. There are some burdens you are sanctioned to carry, but there are some you can pick up out of guilt or from wanting to avoid the uneasiness that comes from telling people no.
Before you tell someone, "I'll do it," check with your Father to see what He says first. It may be a burden He wants you to bear, other times you could possibly interfere on a lesson a Father wants to teach His child. Seeing those around us go through hard times and pain is never easy. It's truly no delicate matter to tell someone you can't help them. But you must remember that the same God who saw you through, is the same one that will see them through too. There's no task too big or too hard for our God.
Don't make your walk any harder by taking on a burden you were never meant to bear...
“Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Psalms 55:22 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Reflect over a time that you stepped in to carry a burden you were never meant to bear. How did that situation affect you? What did you learn from it? How can you apply that past lesson to your now?