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Taking His Yoke…

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas lately which I guess isn’t so surprising considering that Christmas Eve is Saturday. (Please tell me that you are as shocked as I am about this.) The thing that I’ve noticed personally is that I have very high expectations when it comes to Christmas.

I tend to want the house decked out like a movie set, roughly 6 dozen cookies to enjoy, and various festive snacks to munch on while watching as many Christmas movies as humanly possible during 24 days. As well as attending multiple service/festive events that surround the holiday.  All while maintaining a very festive, cheery, and somewhat “elf-ish” mood.

Especially this year I am learning that that’s not really possible. With the way that this house is designed we need less decorations to give it the Chrismas-y feel. I find that the fewer decorations that are out the more “old-fashioned” it feels.  When we have made dozens of holiday cookies and snacks to enjoy over Christmas, We usually never eat all of them and end up throwing a lot of food away.

I keep being reminded again and again that real life isn’t like the movies. Sure there are triumphs and defeats but not every sad thing has a happy ending on this side of heaven. Sometimes I get so caught up in “living” other people’s lives that I forget how blessed I am.

God has richly blessed each and every one of us. Most of the time we are just too busy to remember to look for His hand in our lives. We have a warm and snug house, healthy food to eat, clothes to wear, family and friends that love us and Jesus. In reality, all we need is Jesus. If we have Him, we have all that we need.

I encourage you to lessen your holiday load a little. If you never eat all of the cookies or snacks don’t make as many. What good is it to make so many only to be too tired to enjoy them? The same can be said for decorations. This year we only decorated the main living areas and it’s so nice. The parts of the house that we spend the majority of our time are all decked out and the parts that we aren’t in as much don’t have any. And that’s okay.

Sometimes we just need to take a lesson from Jesus and lighten our loads. Taking up His yoke and giving Him each and every one of our worries. What does it accomplish to work so hard and be too tired to enjoy the fruits of your labor?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue