How have we gotten to the point where we smile and wear our masks and play the part, while inside we carry burdens too heavy for our soul?
We take our forgiveness like a child's birthday present, joy in it's shiny new-ness, and thank The Giver with heartfelt contentment.
Then we put away our gift, placing it on a shelf to collect dust, while we carry around all the broken things in our lives. Heavier and heavier are the things that burden us, but our pride keeps our struggle inside.
What if we took all that brokenness and weight in our lives and laid it down? What if we picked up that dusty gift from the shelf and cleaned it off, purposing in our life to never set it down again? If we have the shiny new-ness, there is no longer room for all the broken things. If we carry that gift, there is lightness in our step, no place for the weight that has torn us to pieces as we tried to walk through life.
What if we hit our knees and remembered WHO the gift is, and praised with all our heart? What if we ripped off the mask of pride and humbled ourselves to the one who lived and died the perfect example of humility? What if we admit we refused to let go of the world and clinge only to Jesus? What if we cried out: "FORGIVE ME SAVIOR! I decided you weren't enough, but I KNOW the truth now! I want to take you out of the little box of understanding that I put you in because I was too scared of the unknown, help me let go and TRUST! Take all of me and use me as you designed me to be. Help me to love you the way you love me. Your grace and mercy ARE enough."
What would we do with the freedom to live and love in Christ that that would bring? What would we do with the depth and width and height of passion that Jesus holds for us?
What if we lived like we really are forgiven?
Whatever it is, lay it down. He is waiting to give you the peace and joy that comes from a life with him. It may be a struggle to get there, it may hurt and it may seem too much, but keep pushing on.
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