Learning to live freely & lightly

Have you ever been to a party or a dinner that’s just so incredibly loud that you have to yell across the table to your neighbor, just to hold a conversation? I have, last night actually. It was so full of noise I could barely hear myself yelling across the table and it got me thinking about my busy life. I have been in a crazy busy season lately and to be honest I am absolutely worn out and exhausted. I have so much going on and it starts to feel like my life is the noise of that dinner, crazy loud.

Now let me explain, I, by nature, am a doer. I also, by nature, have never been good at saying “no”.  What happens for me is I say “yes” so many times that I become so overwhelmed and my relationship with God, my family, friends and even my health suffer for it. After a while, my life begins to feel like that dinner – loud. My relationships are a struggle because the noise is too much, just like the struggle to visit with my friend across the table. Maybe for you it isn’t busyness, maybe it’s something else you’re going through that consumes you, causing your relationship with God and others to suffer.

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly”.

See, what I’m learning is that it doesn’t matter what consumes you, whether busyness, un-forgiveness, hurt, loss, or fill-in-the-blank, when we consume ourselves with these things, we don’t have room left for God.  He tells us to come to him and he will give us rest, he will teach us how to live freely and lightly. He will show us how to lay those things down so we can truly be filled by him.  I don’t know what your struggle is today, but I encourage you to go to Him, lay those things at his feet and take a real rest. Nothing is too heavy for Christ to carry, hand it over and watch him recover your life and your relationships.

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