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Burdens. Everyone has them. Uninvited, they latch onto us and efficiently go about their business of sucking the life right out of us. And the longer they are with us, the heavier they grow.

Burdens come in all types. Some are physical burdens like a bad back or arthritis. Others are mental burdens like depression, anger, or grief. A very popular burden is worry. Worry for health, marriage, children, money.

The strange thing about burdens, though, is that they tend to grow on us. Not just in size and intensity, but in the figurative sense. After they are with us for a while, they “grow on us” and we mysteriously become attached to our burdens and sometimes even possessive of them!

Difficult to Hand Them Over

How can that be? I mean, who wants to hold on to a burden? Well, you’d think no one would. But if that’s true, then why do we have such a hard time letting go of them? Jesus offers to take our burdens away from us. We know this and we want this, but somehow, it just seems difficult to hand those burdens over.

Maybe it’s because we don’t completely trust Jesus to handle those burdens in the right way. Of course, what that really means is that we don’t trust Jesus to handle those burdens our way. Maybe we’re afraid that by letting go of our burdens and giving them to Jesus to take care of, we’ll end up not being able to control the situations that accompany those burdens. I don’t know why it’s so hard. I just know that I continue to struggle with it. But I keep learning that whenever I do hand over my burdens, Jesus does a much better job of handling them than I do. 

It’s a wonderful thing to have a friend who is willing to carry you and your burdens. "... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

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