😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. For the past month I’ve had this pain in my left shoulder. It wasn’t until last Saturday that I thought about it enough to try to figure out why I was having the pain. Then the answer came very clearly, in more ways than one. God told me, “Quit carrying around the weight of your situation.” You see, I have a situation going on for which I created a binder with all my notes, emails, etc. in it. I carry it with me each day in a bag that I put on my left shoulder. Yeah, no real surprise I have that pain. But God didn’t stop there. He went on to remind me how we are so good about carrying around the weight and the physical and emotional pain of our burdens, thinking that we can handle them on our own. There’s no doubt we can be proud like that, thinking we can handle it on our own. But He told me and He’s telling you, “Lay it down.” On Sunday, I took that binder out of my bag and a ton of change out of my purse. What a difference it’s made. I know laying down the physical stuff can be much easier than the emotional, but none the less, we must lay it all down or that pain will never leave. Don’t allow pain to consume your thoughts and cripple your actions.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and Christ’s journey to the cross. He paid the price so that you and I can lay our burdens down. So why are we still holding onto them? Seriously, take them to His cross, lay them down, and walk away. I pray that you really reach out to the Lord this Lent and take a few steps with Him along this road. Talk with Him and listen for His response, then go forth and share with others what He took the time to share with you. Oh and if you see someone with ashes on their forehead today, don’t tell them they have dirt on their face or try to wipe it off. Say a prayer and thank God that person is not afraid to express their faith and devotion to Him. Bless others and be blessed.
#Unspoken – Human Condition