Carrying Too Much! (Part 2)

November 5, 2014

Do I at times carry too much emo­tion­ally in life, work, home, mar­riage, or min­istry? Absolutely!

 

There are times when I get so wound up that not only is fail­ure dev­as­tat­ing but suc­cess isn’t much bet­ter because it makes me feel like the bar of excel­lence just got reset so high that I’ll never be able to hit it again. When I get into that fren­zied state of mind and heart, I know I’m car­ry­ing too much and I need to “lighten the load”.

 

Check out this Roden house­hold key Scripture:

 

Psalm 127:1–2 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watch­man stays awake in vain.It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eat­ing the bread of anx­ious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

When life gets heavy and I’m car­ry­ing too much emo­tion­ally I need to remember:

 

1. It is God who builds and God who protects.

 

The Lord is a builder and a watch­man. He’s the best there is! And the things that He builds and watches over are ulti­mately the only things that really mat­ter in the entire uni­verse. If we are wise, we will learn to dis­cern what and where the Lord is build­ing and guard­ing; then join Him in those works of grace!  What a gift it is to know that if we heard Him right and are join­ing Him in humil­ity that WE CAN’T FAIL!

 

2. We still need to wake up, show up, and work up!

 

It’s so refresh­ing to know that God cares about His king­dom work far more than we ever could and that He’s got the power to build what­ever He wants and to pro­tect it per­fectly.  At the same time He works with and through human agents!  I for one want my life to count for some­thing great. I want to be on the front line of where He is build­ing and guard­ing. I want to part­ner with Him and be on His team. That means that I need to become a “laborer!” I’m going to have to wake up each day, hit the ground run­ning, and give my very best.

 

3. Now take a nap!

 

Verse 2 says, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eat­ing the bread of anx­ious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

We need to give what we’ve got and go all out but not to the point of anx­i­ety, idol­a­try, or stu­pid­ity. We were never called to carry the weight of the world. Jesus already did that for us. We are called by God into a per­pet­ual Sab­bath rest and to demon­strate this with reg­u­lar sea­sons of deep, sat­is­fy­ing, holy rest!

 

In oth­ers words, TAKE A NAP! It’ll do you good and bring God great glory as you trust in His faith­ful­ness for your life.

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