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Over the weekend, Leanne and I were taking a walk along the Perkiomen Trail. As we approached the base of the steepest hill on the entire trail, we crossed paths with a man who was running down the hill with a heavy bag held behind his neck. We exchanged greetings, and I asked him how he was doing. His response made me chuckle, “Tired.”
Of course he was tired. He was running with a huge load on his back. What does he expect. If he had simply left the bag at home, his run would have been easier. And he wouldn’t be so tired.
We kept walking, and I started thinking.
How many of us go through life with a heavy weight tied to our back?
I know I’ve been carrying around a couple of heavy loads lately. I’ve lost sleep. I’ve experienced other signs of stress and fatigue.
How would my life change if I let go of these burdens?
I wouldn’t be so tired. I’d have more energy for other more productive things. I’d be happier. I might even have less gray hair.
We all have burdens to carry, but there are a few things we can do to lighten our loads:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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