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Let Jesus lighten the load

Regular columnist Ruth Starkings has found a better way to lighten the load of life’s burdens, and shares her thoughts with us.

My children, whom I love so very much, all have the ability to throw a wonderful wobble! I am sure that my parents would have said the same of me as I was growing up (now I just get it wrong in other ways!). I can still recall when my eldest daughter decided she wanted some chocolate. When she was told she could not have any she then continued to ask, in a rather demanding fashion, for the next forty-five minutes.
My role of 'being Mum' repeatedly makes life seem very unfair when you are seven, eight or ten. Often the response I receive is grrr, urgh, a tut, REALLY, a scream or a shout and sometimes even a growl! There are occasions when I, too, would love to join in the chorus of grrr's and urgh's. I want to scream, shout and stamp my feet as well! Maybe it is one way of releasing all the frustration and disappointment.
However, I believe there is a better way. Initially this choice requires probably as much effort as the wobbles my children have, however with practice, this choice can bring such peace.
In the Bible Jesus says, “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 NIV)
These words give such encouragement, hope and strength. As each new day dawns I know that I am not alone. As I read these words I picture in my mind someone carrying the yoke with the buckets attached. In the buckets I am able to place all the things that weigh me down - my worries, hurts, resentments, bitterness, fears, insecurities, feelings of injustice. My load is made lighter because there is someone willing to carry it for me. I can find rest because I can give my burdens and my weariness to Jesus. 
Without all these things weighing me down I believe I have become gentler. I no longer try to make everything 'right' because there is One who can do a much better job. Furthermore, with a lighter load it becomes easier to look up and see other people. To see how I am privileged to be sharing in their stories. 
There are times when I still want to carry that yoke myself and to hold on to my worries and my hurts. My impulse is to GRRRRRRRRRRRR until I am heard. Yet if I still my soul and come, giving my burdens to the One whose hands will perfectly carry them, then my heart stands in a far better place. 
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ruth starkings 150CFRuth Starkings is the Family Worker at Meadow Way Chapel in Hellesdon. She also enjoys writing, and just over a year ago started a blog called ‘With Every Sun Comes A New Day.’

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