Do you ever feel like you are carrying around a heavy load?

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Do you ever feel like you are carrying around a heavy load?

By James Campbell

Do you ever run out of energy before you run out of things that you need to do? Do you collapse into bed at night and groan when the alarm clock sounds in the morning? If so, how do we reconcile that with the fact that God says His burden in light?

Try this thought on for size-every person you will ever meet has a yoke they’d like to share with you. These yokes take the form of expectations, requirements, requests, and desires. These things are not always wrong or bad, but we do have to be careful with them. We should never pick up a yoke someone tries to place on us without evaluating it in light of our yoke and purpose in Christ.

I believe that it is critically important that we become very selective about the yokes that we pick up and carry. When we carry Christ’s load by being the person He created us to be in Him, our burden is light. When we begin picking up other burdens from other people, however, it doesn’t take long for the load to be completely unmanageable and overwhelming.

Bearing Christ’s yoke does mean that we will also help bear one another’s burdens at times, but we do so from an overflow of grace, not out of guilt or solely out of obligation. In that sense, we have to be sure we are only picking up the burdens He tells us to pick up.

When we carry what He tells us to, God promises His strength. When we pick up burdens that were never intended for us, however, there is no such promise. When we run from God or step outside of His will, we should not expect a tailwind to help us on our journey.

I also would like to include a special word here for people with the gift of mercy. For you being selective in the burdens you pick up can be especially difficult. For you the tendency is to want to help everyone carry their load and to respond to every need. The end result of that is that you will tend to get exhausted to the point you may withdraw and harden yourself to helping anyone.

For you it is especially important that you are selective in what yokes and burdens you pick up. After all, how effective are you going to be if you try to carry everyone’s burdens? Furthermore, while you are tending to everyone else’s yoke, who is carrying yours?

God created you to be you for Him. To be you in the way that brings God the greatest glory is your calling. We must be sure that the burdens we pick up are always aligned with what He has called us to. His yoke is light. Religious people have the heaviest yokes of anyone I have ever met. They will load you down with rules, regulations, laws, and suggestions that will flatten you like a steam roller.

Religious people have heavy yokes; Jesus doesn’t, May we seek to carry His yoke. It is light, and He carries it with us.

I am a sinner saved by the grace of an amazing Savior! Nothing that follows would have been possible without His love intervening in my life. I have a beautiful wife, daughter and son. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with children, teens and families for about eighteen years. I currently manage a residential substance abuse treatment facility for adolescent males.

Since failing ninth grade in my BC years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to earn a bachelors in Psychology, a masters in Leadership and Management, am pursuing a second masters in counseling, and am currently certified as an addictions counselor II.

I enjoy teaching as an adjunct professor at a local college. Just over a year ago God opened the door for me to start a non-profit called Family Excellence, Inc. and an LLC called Family Excellence Institute. Both emphasize dreaming greater dreams for the future, strengthening families, and connecting generations through a legacy of faith.

Please check out the non-profit at www.familyexcellence.net and the LLC on Facebook at Family Excellence Institute, LLC.

James also serves with Connection Fellowship www.connectionfellowship.org

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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