As the season changes from Winter to Spring and dancing on the edge of Summer, I’m enjoying the moderate tempratures, chirping birds and some lovely porch time! On the down side, I think our dryer is shrinking my clothes because surely I didn’t gain any weight over the Winter 🙂
When I blame my dryer for shrinking my clothes, it’s an easy way to ignore my possible weight gain and my need to exercise. Indeed, it’s convenient to blame something external, when we don’t like what we might see inside of us. To this end, finding scapegoats is the easy button to facilitate immaturity, deception, inconsistency and deflecting responsibility.
In full disclosure, there’s nothing wrong with my dryer. When I admit the truth that I’ve gained weight and need to exercise, it’s a healthy step not only for my body, but for my emotions and thoughts. Before we blame something external, let’s sit with what’s inside of us to make sure we’re dealing with reality and not distortion 🙂
There are kinda of weight classes: losing weight, boxing, weight training, wrestling etc. So dealing with weight can be an interesting concept which is frequently a popular topic at the beginning of each year. Here are a few thoughts that could be helpful when you think about weight:
**Future Preparation: sometimes today’s weights are training for tomorrow’s responsibilities. What might seem heavy could actually be helpful for weightier matters in the future
**Losing Weight: anxieties, fears, failures, insecurities & other stuff can be weights we shed so we can be less weighed down
**Time Lever: sometimes waiting can be weighty but as we wait on the Lord, we can gain new strength! Consider Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
Ever feel like sometimes life can be too heavy or even overwhelming? I find that I go through various seasons & experiences that can exceed my wisdom, strength & capacity – I think that perhaps this could be divine design. At the end of the story, we aren’t created to do life effectively without God being integrated into our lives.
So let’s be sure that we let Jesus carry our world because He absolutely has the whole world in His hands. So what are the burdens or weights in your life that you could put in Jesus’ hands? Let’s be very clear that nothing in your life is too heavy, complicated or overwhelming for Jesus!
When I was growing up, I remember a family vacation where my dad bought these giant copper pots because they were cheap & he wanted to use them as decoration in our house. Nevermind that we were in Egypt & that we’d have to carry these monstrosities on various planes, through airports, security, etc. After this experience, we made a family rule, “you buy it, you carry it.”
This rule makes me think that sometimes we buy into the lies that the devil tells us & then wind up carrying his junk. Don’t buy these lies, so you don’t have to carry the luggage J