Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lighten Your Load


"For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:30 NIV).

Did you know, if a burro is overloaded he will sit down and refuse to move? It's true, we see it happen on the road in front of our house. The burros in our village still carry a load of corn or alfalfa from the fields to their homes. They return home alone––they know the way.

How do the owners know the limit of their burros? It must be that they live and work with these animals day in and day out for many years. Burros can live 30 years or more; they will work hard for many years. But, if they are abused their life-span will be shorter.

What can we learn from the burro? Do we know when to sit down if the burden is too much, the way the burro does? Like the burro, we have a Master who knows us, He walks with us day in and day out. If we are overburdened, whose fault is it? Matthew 11:30 says, " ...my burden is light."

Maybe we have put the burden on ourselves, and it is time to review our priorities. We can delegate––let go. We are about to start a young couples' workshop here in Rumi Rancho. God has worked it out perfectly, but we had to seek help––we couldn't do it all. Six of us will do the necessary things to make it come together. Chuck will lead the study, Juan and Amelia will help with the setting up, and Pablo and Nathaly will lead the singing. I will show up with the snack, and of course, add some laughs when things start to get dull. By delegating, we can do more ministry and be more effective. We can reach and teach more children and adults because God has provided a way, so we won't be overburdened.

If we think we can't do one more thing, maybe we can't. Time to sit down so we don't overburden ourselves.

The burro's master knows his animal's limit––our Master knows our limit.

Let's seek God's priorities for us and lighten our load. 

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