“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 11:30
Despite my own desire to keep going with Fearless into 2013, I have chosen a new word for 2013. I have learned by now to pay attention to the nudges of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 11 has been significant in my life. When I was tired, worn out, burned out on religion, I turned to this chapter of the Bible to be reminded – often daily – that Jesus gives rest to the weary and helps us to recover our true lives. With my own possibly-controversial book coming out in the next year, with a heart awakened to justice and mercy in our weary and poor world, with three small souls in my own care, I want to learn what it means to be light. I want to give up my own burdens – real and imagined – and only pick up the burdens of Jesus. And he promises, his burdens are light, his yoke is easy, there is rest for our souls in him.
Light, space, zest— that’s GOD! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. Psalm 27:1
My word for 2013 is Light.
I see Light in dual definition: weight and illumination. So I won’t take on the burdens that aren’t mine to bear, I will let my soul find rest in God. God will fight any battles that may arise for me. I will walk with Him and learn his ways, lean into the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t take up my own defense or cop to an Evangelical Hero Complex. Even in the face of evil and suffering, pushing back injustice and misunderstandings, his ways are free and light, and I will learn to walk free and light, even while staying faithful in my own work. I look forward to life and zest.
I will also be part of his Light breaking into the darkness of our world in small daily ways. I won’t hide my candle under a basket, but instead, I plan on setting this small candle of my life and my work up on a lamp stand, to watch what God will do. And I will look forward to God’s light breaking into my own darkness. He is the Light of the world, and I won’t stumble around in darkness, Jesus provides plenty of light in which to live.
May God be glorified.