The world is a big place. But for some reason we moms have the notion we are somehow responsible for it all. We heft that big ole burden up on our shoulders and walk around smiling painfully under its weight. Some do it out of guilt, others out of fear, but all of us at some point in time have chosen to bear the weight of the world despite the fact it is not ours to bear.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Jesus asks us to adjoin ourselves with Him and find rest. Sounds to me like a call to rid ourselves of the weighty old world and live under the yoke of someone and something that truly matters.
As the new school year rolls around, I see over-ambitious world-carrying moms taking on more subjects than they can possibly handle, filling their day and their children’s day to the brim with all sorts of “good” things, and hoping and praying they have the stamina to keep going. 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months later everyone is worn out and the burden mom carries nearly crushes her.
How do I know? I used to be that mom.
Often it takes drastic circumstances to bring us to a place where we realize not everything has to be done right this minute, this year, or even this century. I’ve mentioned before a little booklet called The Tyranny of the Urgent…
The book talks about how even good things can crowd our lives to the point we can no longer see what is “best”.
I’m a “Mary” by nature, so I’ve probably had an easier time pitching the weight of the world. For those of you who tend to be like “Martha,” I am sure walking away from what you feel are important responsibilities is utterly frightening; however, it is imperative you believe what Jesus said about His burden being light. You may be tempted to pile all sorts of things on your back, but it is very hard to soar with eagle’s wings when you’ve chosen to load yourself down to the point of exhaustion.
Now, I’m not talking about those circumstances you can’t help. I speaking to the things we CHOOSE to do that make our lives so much harder. God often calls us to do hard things, but they are of HIS choosing and are always beneficial and good and right.
As we head into the weekend, take a moment to breathe. Take a moment to assess where you are in relation to Christ.
Are you yoked to Him? Or are you yoked to the world?
Have you cast your cares on Him? Or has the world cast its cares on you?
Can you even remember how to smile, laugh, and live without a great big burden on your back?
Find one thing you can get rid of.
Smile at your children and your husband…I mean, really smile.
Sit down and “be still.”
Take a nap.
Rest in Him.
He’s got the whole world in HIS hands…and those hands are MUCH more capable than yours.