The other night my wife heard Aniston on the video monitor and it sounded like she was crying. She went down to check on her and found our precious 3 year old sweating like she just finished the Chicago Marathon. As sweat was pouring down her cheeks, Cherie was concerned that maybe she had spiked a fever so she hurried to check her temperature.
Fortunately her temperature was normal. But as Cherie was putting the thermometer away, she noticed Aniston had packed several fleece blankets under her duvet cover and was snuggling up with all of them. If you didn’t know better, you would think we made her sleep in a walk-in meat locker at the Jewel by the way she was covered up.
Cherie gently told her that if she was hot she didn’t have to use all the blankets and could take some off. To which Aniston said, “I ok, I a hot and sweaty.” She said ok, kissed her salty forehead good night and walked out as Aniston went back into her self-induced, princess themed, sweat lodge.
I’ll jump right to the point.
We do this kind of thing in our own lives all of the time.
Every day, we voluntarily wrap ourselves up with all kinds of stress, worry, anxiety, and bad choices. As a result, we walk around sweating profusely like an overweight man forced to walk up a broken escalator.
What we fail to remember is that God never intended for us to walk around this way. He never designed us to somehow endure life by trying to fix ourselves or carry our burdens as punishment. God has a different plan. A plan designed to free us from exerting energy on life’s garbage and instead using that energy on living a life glorifying to him.
Don’t take my word for it; listen to the words of Jesus.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”– Matthew 11:28-30
So before you pass out from dehydration or ruin another shirt with sweaty pit stains, consider what unnecessary things you are carrying around.
What are you trying to bear down and fix yourself that God is asking you to lay at the foot of the cross?
Bring it to Him and don’t take it back. He has much bigger things for you to be doing than playing peak-a-boo with Him under the covers of life.
Believe me, He will let you keep your junk if you want to. But you may just find that there is a whole lot of fresh air that He is waiting to let you breath in outside of the blankets.