How To Make Our Lives Easier

Egales SinningIn 1972 the country rock group the Eagles scored a top 20 hit with a song about the difficulties of life called Take It Easy.  (Listen to the song below)

While secular in nature, for me the clever lyrics of the song captures the multiple pressures we contend with everyday making our lives anything but easy.

“Well I’m a-runnin’ down the road, tryin’ to loosen my load

I’ve got seven women on my mind

Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me

One says she’s a friend of mine

Take it easy, take it easy

Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy

Lighten up while you still can

Don’t even try to understand

Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy”

God thru His Son Jesus wants us to take it easy.  Examine the offer that Jesus makes to us in Matthew 11:28-29:

“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.”

YokeA yoke is wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.

In taking on our yokes Jesus is promising to being united with us making the otherwise hard work of our lives easier, simply because Jesus is with us.

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However, for this partnership to be successful we must be pulling in the same direction and in order for that to happen we must allow Jesus to take the lead.

For when we let Jesus take the lead with our yoke, He promises that we will ‘find rest” for our soul.

Believe me when we finally decide to submit our lives and will to the direction of Jesus our burdens regardless of what they are will become considerably more manageable.

So lighten up while you still can

Don’t even try to understand

Just let Jesus be the place where you take your stand, and take it easy”

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