Freely + Lightly

I don’t know about you, but before my feet have even touched the floor on a new day, I’ve already disqualified myself from deserving it.

I wake up to immediate disappointment- a thought comes rushing in of a mistake made yesterday, or something at work not going right, or an issue with a friend that I haven’t taken steps to resolve yet. I’m immediately bombarded with issues and situations immediately meant to disqualify me from living into my identity for that day.

If you haven’t been told this before, take this truth: The enemy never sleeps. He’s hyper-vigilant, and will pounce when you are at your most vulnerable (which for me, I’ve come to realize, is right when I’ve awoken, before I’ve reached for the Father).

Normally I can counteract these lies pretty effectively by reaching for my bible, or reaching for my devotional to center myself on truth rather than fiction. However, lately it’s been a struggle. If no one has never warned you about your early-twenties, let me be the first- they are hard. Like, you feel like you are making a life decision every day type of hard. They test you beyond anything high school or college could ever throw at you- every day seems like the one to start (or hinder) your destiny. It’s a lot of pressure to take.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – MSG Matthew 11:28-30 –

Isn’t it silly how we look for comfort/acceptance/rest in everywhere else but Him?

“Oh I just have to get through this work day, I can rest on the weekend.”

“I just need to make an appearance at this one party to show I was there.”

“I just need to work 8 hours of overtime to make my rent this month.”

Stop stop stop (talking to myself first and foremost, because I’m guilty of all of these).

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Freely and lightly.

That is His promise for you and for me. You don’t need to wait until the weekend to get rest- lay your burdens on Him and find your rest. Find His unforced rhythms of grace, and make them yours. Rest and peace will be the result.

partner with Jesus >> be the vessel

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