It was in my way! It needed to be moved! Yes, it was big… yes, it was heavy… but IT WAS IN MY WAY! So… I picked it up and moved it. Yeah… big mistake. I will spare you the self-deprecating details of my injury, (after all I don’t want to be one of THOSE people who describe their most recent bought of incontinence in glorified detail) but suffice it to say… I am still quite uncomfortable due to my delusion of grandeur that I am Arnold Schwarzenegger… would you believe Chuck Norris? Ok… how about that I forgot that I wasn’t 32 anymore — does that work?
Now, I am paying the price for attempting to hold onto my man-card. Today, I am avoiding picking up things that normally would not seem very heavy to me at all… all because of pride… ok… maybe because of a little bit of frustration and anger too at that thing being in my way.
My over-estimation of powerlifting capabilities led me to reflect a bit on a spiritual application in my life. There is ALWAYS a spiritual application… at least if you are a preacher. My over enthusiastic effort last week made me wonder… how often in my life do I seek to “go it alone” in my spiritual life?
Times where I should have sought God’s leading before making a decision. Times where I ministered in my own strength instead of leaning on the Holy Spirit. Times where I should have sought encouragement within my Christian Community, but I was just too proud. Times where I should have solicited accountability, but didn’t.
Paul wrote, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” Galatians 6:2-3 (NIV) Part of the benefit of being in a church family is the understanding that others can help us though life. Then, of course, Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NLT
What a joy to know that we never have to heft the burdens in our life by ourselves! We have a loving Savior and Christian brothers and sisters to help carry the loads of our life. I am so grateful for our Christian Alliance Church family and the love that we have for one another, and I am thankful for a compassionate Jesus who cares about all areas of my life. Now, if I just had had one of you around a week ago Monday…