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June 6, 2018
June 5, 2018, 10:46 AM

“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 your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”                                                                                                                  Matthew 11: 28-30


Remember those verses from last week’s newsletter? Jesus shared those words after a discussion with Israel’s religious leaders. The leaders made things so difficult for the people because they had added rule after rule to the original commandments. The people (like us) could not keep the original commandments and certainly could not keep all the additional ones. However, following more rules became the leaders’ basis for a closer walk with God. Jesus reminded them and reminds us today that our relationship with the Father is through Him not through all kinds of rules and regulations. Jesus desires to make our lives easier not harder. Remember one of the lessons from Sunday’s sermon? The lesson about a dog who places his head in his master’s lap just to be close to him. Jesus desires the same for us every day!

It is so easy to get caught in the grind of daily life. When is the last time you really made the most of a day? Think back to your childhood days. What things do you remember about your childhood? We probably all have some very fond memories of childhood summers. Thinking about the long days of summer, my mind began to wander back to some of those carefree days. More than likely, most of us took for granted those early years. We weren’t concerned about taxes, utilities, mortgages or the economy. We got up on summer mornings ready to run, jump, swim, and laugh. We made every effort to squeeze all the fun we could from every day.

What happened? For some strange reason, we spend our childhood wanting to be adults and our adult lives longing for the carefree days of childhood. We still have the desire, as we did during our childhood, to make the most of each day. Yet, those “grown-up” things seem to always get in the way. We have schedules, appointments, and deadlines to meet and we never seem to have enough time to really enjoy life. We allow those “grown up” things to keep us from taking the time to place our head in the Master’s lap. We try to put all the pieces together on our own to find out later that God never intended that for us. If we take the time to look around us carefully, there are things every day that stand out as vivid reminders of God’s presence and care for us.

We often find ourselves far too busy to take note of God’s willingness to share with us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we rested in God and allowed Him to handle those things that so frequently bog us down? That’s what Jesus says for us to do in the passage for this week. We cannot go back and live our childhood over again, but we can remember that we are God’s children and He desires to take care of us. Do you put your trust in Him every day? Are you trying to handle every issue, detail and problem on your own? As His child, God desires to meet every need in our lives. Are we allowing Him to accomplish that?

As you move through another busy week, remember that God loves you and that He is willing to handle every area of life so that we have more opportunities to focus on Him. May God’s blessings be yours in abundance this week!

                                                                                 We love you,

                                                                                 Brad and Virginia