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 NIV
(With apologies to the NIV translators for changing the personal pronouns for Jesus to begin with upper, vs. lower case.)
At the end of last week I wrote in my journal: Striving. That is the word that comes to me at the moment as a description of my writing life... striving to be read, striving to do well, striving to get established.
I'm tired of striving, Lord. I want to labor under Your light burden and easy yoke. Teach me how to get out from under this burden of striving.
striving: to make earnest effort; to engage in strife, contend, fight, vie, emulate.
emulate: to try to equal or surpass, to rival or vie with successfully.
vie: to strive for superiority, contend, compete as in a race.
I figured this would be a good verse to fill my mind with this week - a constant reminder that life in/with Christ is one of light burdens, peace, the opposite of striving.