Today I’m writing on the prompt, “lift” with some Five Minute Friday friends.
There are many things I think of when I hear the word, “lift”.
Because of the stage of the journey I’m in right now, I’m thinking about the burdens we lift and carry.
We carry many burdens, some by choice and some by circumstance, but we must lift them like a heavy weight.
In some cases, a necessary burden can make us stronger…..if we were meant to lift it.
We have burdens that fall within our range of responsibility, and then there are those we chose to lift up and either hoist to our bending shoulders, or drag along behind us.
If a burden is ours to bear, God promises to be with us and help us to carry it. Like a healthy muscle, we will get stronger, as long as we have the support we need.
But I believe we lift up many burdens that were not meant for us to carry. And over time, those burdens leave us feeling weak, tired, worn out, disillusioned, unhealthy, discouraged, angry, or even depressed.
Have you ever read the book, “Boundaries” (by Dr. Henry Cloud), or done a study on this topic? It is so critical that we figure out which burdens are ours, and to which tasks or roles we need to answer a firm but loving, “no”.
Our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health depend on it.
Our Father promised that if we are carrying the responsibilities that he planned for us, they will be light.
“For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
-Matthew 11:30, NLT
Not necessarily easy or free of pain, but light, because as we carry our necessary duties, he will carry us.
“He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.”
-Isaiah 40:11, NLT
And he sends us his Holy Spirit to comfort us when we are in need.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever”
-John 14:16, KJV
Thanks be to God that he is the “lifter” of my head!
“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”
-Psalm 3:3, NKJV