Lighten your backpack

Are you burdened down as you trek along through the day? Carrying an extra weight, even just a small load, can become heavy after a period of time. Your feet drag, your shoulders slump, your cheerful disposition fades. We have all been there and know the toll it takes on us. We doubt our endurance and complain. Just as carrying a physical load in a backpack tires us out, so does an emotional load we carry within.

Is your “Emotional Backpack” full of concerns for loved ones, family, friends, co-workers, self? Do you carry the weight of irretrievable hateful words, said in haste? Is your attitude of bitterness or envy dragging you down? Are you carrying the weight of guilt over what has been done, or not done? Have you not forgiven others, or maybe you have not accepted God’s forgiveness for yourself? Each and every emotional burden we bear carries a weight that adds up, bit by bit, on our shoulders that affects our walk with the Lord. What are you unnecessarily carrying in YOUR backpack?

How do we lighten our load? By “uplifting” each concern and releasing the weight for Jesus to carry. Unload on Him! Jesus is the only one who can take the burden of our emotional cares from us. He is ready and able with just the breath of your prayer. “Cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). He promises rest for heavy-laden souls who are weary, and in return He gives us an uplifting spirit in which “His yoke is easy and the burden light” (Matthew 11:28-30). He understands the weight and wants to free us from it, so we can live full in His Spirit.

Lighten your backpack with the Lord’s promise of Isaiah 40:31: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings of eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

For more information contact:

Eva De La Rosa
Interim WMU & Women's Ministries Specialist
559.229.9533 x. 256
E-mail Eva De La Rosa

Last Published: January 7, 2011 5:13 PM