Excess Baggage

Do you know how it feels to carry 100kgs of weight on your shoulders? Have you tried it? What comes to mind when you think of it? How do you think you would feel if you were forced to do so? How many of you think it is impossible?

I have not carried so much weight but I do carry some unwanted baggage on my shoulders every day. I carry this load because I think that I should and I not only carry this weight but I add more to it every day. Slowly and steadily my pace forward becomes more and more impossible but I don’t stop adding the weight. I somehow still fail to realize that all this weight only slows me down and makes me unhappier as I am unable to unload it. I feel that I can carry this weight. With every step I take I feel less sure whether I can go ahead or not and grow even more tired.

What do you think I should do?

Excess Baggage

This year had been a roller coaster year for me. I had such awesome memories and some not so great ones. The not so great ones I decided to hold onto to and the awesome ones whenever I want to bring up I bring them up.

This year alone, I must be carrying about 10kgs of weight. Imagine now for the last 26yrs of my life if I add 10kgs (give or take depending on how the year has been) of weight how much I would be carrying today. Can someone do the math? Do you think it is humanly possible for me to carry this much of weight? Why should we carry unnecessary burdens? Are we not entitled to enjoy life?

I had come across this verse from the Bible many years ago so I do not carry that much weight anymore πŸ™‚ . Have you heard or read this passage before?

β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

What do you think it means? Do you think you can relate to it?

For the last 3 months, I have seen this message. It came to me through readings from the Bible, Facebook messages (postings) and someone mentioning it to me. I know when I first understood the message what a relief it gave me. Imagine, God telling me β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Wow. Can it get any better than that? He is asking me to unload and HE mind you, HE will give me rest. At that point, I felt a whole lot lighter. My LORD is taking care of me :), me – a sinner. Who am I? I am just an ordinary person living in this world but my LORD says, β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” So, I keep seeing this message, I keep telling myself maybe there is some area in my life I need to give up and the LORD will give me rest. I was unaware that I was carrying weight on my shoulders again. Unknowingly, I picked up weight and along the way it started slowing me down and GOD, our loving, kind and awesome GOD shares HIS beautiful words to me over and over again, β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

It was not easy at first. For me, it was first trying to figure out what problems I was facing and wanting to give up, then I had to ask the LORD to help me get me through these problems. With every passing day that I added the weight on my shoulders I had become weak in faith and I was losing all hope. Thankfully for me, I had the LORD send me these beautiful words, β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

This year, I had told some friends of mine about this passage and I kept asking them why is it that they want to carry this unwanted load on their shoulders. We have an awesome and truly marvelous GOD who is willing to help us and wants to take care of us but we are shutting HIM out. And then this message comes to me over and over again. We might not realize but everyday with each passing minute when something goes wrong, we tend to carry that anger and hurt along with us. It was easier to take for granted a happier moment but when it comes down to the thing that hurt us we are not so forgiving like we think we should be. We carry that load with us and over the years without realizing it just gets heavier and heavier which makes us unable to breathe, run, walk, eat and rest. Sadness creeps upon us, unhappiness and bitterness takes over. Revenge is what we want more than anything else.

Imagine these words from GOD which the book of Matthew tells us, β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” GOD is telling us to let go and HE will give us that required rest. HE will help us walk, run, move, float, dance, give, love and so much more. HE tells us to believe and that no matter what it is that we are carrying HE will give us rest. The more we believe in this message that more we read it and reflect that much more we would understand it. It is us who needs to understand. Our GOD who is ever so loving, waits for us to reach out to HIM and HE says, β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave us HIS only Son to come and save us from our sins and to top it all we have the message β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Giving up is something that we do not like to do. It is hard since we like to be in control of everything but giving up is what we need to do. We need to let GOD to help us with these problems of ours. Need to let HIM in. HE had come to save us from our SINS and this is what we do, we block HIM out. Running away is so much easier isn’t it? Run, run, run.. But running also takes a toll. Looking over your shoulder running. How much longer can you run? One day or the other all that fatigue will catch up and all you will be left with is despair or frustration.

Why wait till you have reached this point? Think of it: β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Believe me giving up or letting go will help you become a better person and a better CHRISTian. Once you let go all you want to do is give and that is the best gift you can give anyone.

To all my brothers and sisters out there, there is hope and JESUS gives us that hope in these beautifully said words β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Lets go and believe.

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