Jesus bears burdens we put on ourselves

Debra Whittington

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden…”. Matthew 11:28-29

In my last column I related that I worked hard to get some things in my life in their proper perspective. In every column I write I strive to point out a Biblical truth that other people also struggle with and try to overcome. Evidently not all people look at it in the same way and to those people I can only say I am sorry if it wasn’t received in the way it was intended. As Daddy always said, “you can please some of the people some of the time but you can’t please all the people all the time”. I can’t be responsible for the way others react to what I write, but be assured every column comes from a burdened heart and much prayer.

With that said, I can also say without a doubt that the Lord has a sense of humor and finds unique ways to speak to me. Maybe it takes such drastic measures to get my attention at times. Anyway, I was having a very rough week and was preparing to go to the doctor. Mark had things to do before we could leave so I decided to clean out my purse and find out why it was so heavy.

For weeks I carried that purse and noticed I was having more and more shoulder pain. There had to be a reason why it was so heavy even though I had changed to a smaller purse. I dumped out the contents and searched for the source. Besides the items I always carry, the entire bottom of my purse was full of various coins of all denominations. The coins, mostly pennies, were weighing me down.

I have a bad habit of dropping change into the bottom of my purse instead of into my coin purse. I usually do that when someone is in line behind me and I don’t want to hold them up. I always intend to put the coins in their proper place or use them in my next transaction which seldom happens.

As I put the coins in another place and returned the remaining items to my purse I thought about the things which weigh us down in life. Like the pennies, most of those things are really minor or trivial. However, when they build and build they become a load that is difficult to carry. Often we look for help to carry our load. In Galatians 6 we are told to bear one another’s burdens but there are also times when we feel as though we are still bearing them alone. In those times it is comforting to know that Jesus is there to lighten our load. In Matthew 11:29 Jesus tells us, “take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…and ye shall find rest unto your souls”.

Cast aside those little things that don’t matter and allow Jesus to help you bear those remaining burdens.