Monday, October 24, 2011

Weight is a heavy burden

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This text comes from Matthew 11 on the heels of Jesus commencing His ministry after the imprisonment of His forerunner John, the Baptist.  Jesus is establishing the nature of His call.  In this text He is simply a burden carrier and a rest-giver.

Isn't it amazing the amount of things that we carry around on a daily basis that are not necessary.  The burdens of disappointments, past hurts, shame, insecurity, and the like.  As I have learned being over-weight or obese is also a burden.  It usually comes from a all of those burdens that we carry that pushes us to eat bad foods.  For example,  if we feel sad we usually eat something sweet or salty.  This gives us a sense of comfort and safety, temporarily.  Over time this behavior causes us to put on excess weight.  This is not God's best for us.  In Jesus we find someone who can carry our heavy burdens that would most times cause us to hurt ourselves.*

I am so happy to know and share that Jesus can carry my burden and give me His.  His burden as He tells us in the text is "easy" and His "burden is light",  Hey, That's a good feeling!!!  So what, you saying?  I dont have to be overweight? Nope!  Are you saying that I can be lighter? Yes!  All we have to do is give those heavy loads to Jesus and He can make us lighter (not talking about skin complexion here).

Seriously though, just thought to encourage you today as you go on your way.  Remember Health and Wellness is God's best for His creation.  He has given us the responsibility to manage ourselves and the resources that He has blessed us with.  I encourage you to follow Jesus as He teaches us (through the Word and the Holy Spirit) how to do things God's way.

*Now I am not knocking professional help, because if you are suffering from abuse or depression or some other deep psychological issue that is debilitating you and causing your health to deteriorate,  Go seek help!! But that help should always begin with Jesus and His Word.

Here is a video clip about casting off weight that I think will help us alot.  Be blessed, until next time.

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