How to Let it Go

I sat on the gray carpet in the middle of five four-year-olds and I listened.

I listened to a story about a zebra possibly named Zippy while my little man leaned against me. A little girl leaned against me too as we learned about the Good Samaritan. I love God’s Word and the story gave me pause. I wondered if I really cared for people the way I think I care.

I pray and read God’s Word. I get my kids to school and appointments. I run to Bible Study. I take classes. I write. We go to church and AWANA. I wash dishes. I cook dinner.

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I wonder if there is more loving of others I could do?

Or as a mom do I do all I can?

Is my writing ministry really showing people I don’t even know the love I have for them, for God?

Do I really love others how I want to be loved?

And I pray for eyes to see beyond me and ears to hear God’s prompting.

I pray to let go my fear and anxiety. Loving messy people is a messy business.

I will never be perfect or get this Christian life right – only through the Holy Spirit can I live holy.

And then I hear these words:

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

When my burden is heavy it isn’t from God. That doesn’t mean the burden won’t be difficult, but in the hard times He still gives me rest. I often add to my God-given burden or fight His yoke. Then I am weary and broken. But Jesus He tells us His yoke is easy, His burden light.

Oh that I would live in the knowledge of this truth instead of fighting and clawing for my way. I am so stubborn and hard-headed.

So I can let go my burdens and my weariness at the feet of Jesus. Then pray I walk only in the steps He has for me each day. I don’t have to live up to any else’s standards – only God’s standard. He tells me to be holy, but He doesn’t leave me to be holy on my own. He empowers me with His Spirit – that same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead, it dwells in me.

So I lay down what others think or what I think others think. I lay down my goals, dreams, and plans. They are too much for me.

Then I take the yoke of Jesus. I find it much easier, much lighter, and there my soul can rest.

How do I lay down my burden?

  • I confess my sin of adding to what God has called me to do.
  • I pray for wisdom that I only carry burdens God intended me to carry.
  • I pray to hear the voice behind me saying, “This is the way walk in it.”
  • I rest in God’s promises by memorizing them and clinging to them when my emotions or circumstances don’t match.

How do you lay down your burdens?

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Angela
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4 Responses to How to Let it Go

  1. Daniel Mackey says:

    I haven’t been laying down my burdens. I will start today!

  2. Dana Matas says:

    Angela,
    I too have a four year old and so often hear God speak to me through him. While my little guy has so much wisdom to share, the words I hear most often are, “I love you.”…especially when I least deserve it.

    Thank you for sharing your story. It is so comforting to know that I’m not the only one constantly seeking the rest God promises each one of us. Your story is a good reminder of all that we must lay at His feet to find that rest.

    God bless,
    Dana

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