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In thinking about burdens, I think of the many times I have been carrying burdens I wasn’t supposed to carry. How many times do I want the attitudes of others to change so I can have a more pleasant life? But I can’t change others. I may be able to influence them in a certain direction, but I will never be able to change them. The only person I can change is me. As a volitional being, I can change me and my attitudes. But even there, I need GOD to work. My natural tendency is away from GOD, not toward Him. (cf. Romans 1)

If I am a Christian, I am in Christ. As such, I have the power to change…myself only. The Holy Spirit can change me!

As someone who is in Christ, I have the additional empowerment of the Holy Spirit to change me in ways and places that are seemingly impossible. But I will need to trust GOD to make many of the changes in others that He sees need to be made in them on His timetable, not mine. He has a plan for how and when He wants things done. That is when it will happen! stop

There is no point in my carrying the burden of wanting to make things happen on my timetable and in the way I want. It doesn’t work that way. I am only asking for frustration and a very heavy burden to be laid on my shoulders. It is one GOD wants to carry. It is not meant for me to carry at all!

There is no point in my carrying the burden of wanting to make things happen on my timetable. God is the only One whose shoulders are big enough to carry this kind of burden. Click To Tweet

He wants to carry it for me…or at the very least, with me as I take on His yoke and we join the carrying of the burden together. When sharing the load with Jesus, you can imagine who carries most of the load, can’t you?

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV