Lightening the Load

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Are you the type of person who struggles with mismanagement of priorities? Do you try to do everything you can to please everyone in your life? I am just that type of person. I have a hard time saying no to favors and no to people in general in my life. Is it bad to want to help a friend? Is it bad to always try to please everyone you know? No, not necessarily, but it can become a hindrance to your own growth and at times it often does. When we get stuck in stormy weather in our lives, we often don’t know what to do. It can feel like our troubles drown out everything else.

In Acts 27 we find the apostle Paul caught in the midst of a horrible storm. The ship was being tossed all over the place, and the situation was becoming quite serious. In this story there is a spiritual truth that can guide you and I when we get caught in the stormy weather of our own lives. It is found in verses 18-19,

“And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;

And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.” (Acts 27:18-19)

So what happened when things got to be too much? They lightened their load.

Sometimes in a storm you need to throw some things overboard. In fact, it is a great time to evaluate any baggage that you are carrying in your life. There are some things that may not be a sin to you, but they are a weight to you.

One of the things you need to carefully consider is your relationships with others. There are some relationships you may need to cut loose because they are hanging you up, holding you back, and they are hindering you from getting to where God wants you to go.

If you really want to hear from God and get yourself unstuck, then lighten your ship.

Psalm 27:4 says “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.” Christian friend, can you say this about your life? Are your struggles with others keeping you from truly seeking the Lord above all else? This world won’t last; these people won’t last. The kingdom of the Lord will last and will reign supreme for eternity. Count yourself lucky to know Him! Stay focused on Him above all else!

Don’t worry about what others may think of you. Stop fretting about wanting to please everyone all the time. That’s not important. In fact, some people could probably do with being told “no” more often. Your focus should be on eternity – on the Lord.

“Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” (Psalm 73:25)

Make sure that your relationships with others are not replacing the Lord’s proper place in your life. He should always be number one. If He isn’t – if someone or something else has that position – then that person or thing has become an idol. It needs to go. Your one desire in this life should be the Lord.

I will end this post with a simple reminder from Micah 6 of how we are ought to live:

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

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