Life is filled with both burdens and blessings!
Isn’t the above statement true? When was the last time you stopped to count your blessings? I love the lyric to the chorus of Count Your Blessingsas it challenges us to “count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
Burdens are just as much part of the Christian life as they are the life of a non-Christian. The difference is that as a Christian I have a Friend that helps me bear my burdens! Praise God for His constant Friendship and the Holy Spirit Who lives within my heart! One of the joys of being saved (and there are many) is the fact that Jesus has suffered in all points as we have suffered yet without sin and He promised that He would never give us more than we could handle. The problem comes when we try to carry the burden all alone!
Blessings are all around us! Blessings start early in the morning when we are blessed to start another day. The blessings continue as we get to say “good morning” to the Father! The fact that He would allow us to speak with Him through prayer is an amazing thought! Blessings are around every turn of our day. STOP! Take a moment right now to think about five blessings that you have experience today! Come-on-now, try it!! Stop and think for a second!
If you just took the time to think about some blessings that the Lord has bestowed on you just today you have to admit that it did your heart good to take some time to think about them. See, here is the point of this blog…
Your burdens will always out-way your blessings, but they will never outnumber them!
The burdens sure get heavy, but when we take the time to count the blessings that came along we begin to see that we can make it through the difficult time and we can bear the burdens with which we have been entrusted and those that have been allowed to enter our life!
Part of the Christian life is bearing our cross. Luke 9:23 shows us, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up hiscrossdaily, and follow me.”In Luke 24:27 Jesus says, “And whosoever doth not bear hiscross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
As followers of Jesus Christ we cannot try to avoid what is essential in the Christian life – burdens!
Matthew 11:28 directs us to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and our heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” These are the words of our Lord Jesus! In the next two verses He says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” A yoke is not restful, but when I am yoked up with the Lord is now a little easier because I am sharing the load with Someone stronger than me. The last verse of the chapter assures us that“…my yoke is easy, my burden is light.”
You see, the Lord is not saying that rest is the absence of a burden.
No, He is telling us that we must be close to Him. We must be yoked up with Him. We must continually be “Coming unto Him” and when we do we find rest unto our souls.
In conclusion, I would like to remind each of us of Paul’s admonition in Philippians 4:8 to think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.
We must count our blessings in the midst of the burdens we carry.
It is only then that we will understand that the burdens will always out way the blessings, but they will never outnumber them. Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it WILL surprise you what the Lord has done!
Happily married to Sarah G, the father of three incredible children.