Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
- Luke 6:26
Blessed are the losers. Blessed are the dead-broke. Blessed are the brokenhearted. Blessed are you who are at the end of your rope, who have given up on your own ability to rescue the shattered pieces of your life and piece them back together. Jesus loves you, and he stands ready to show you the miracles that He will accomplish in you and through you. Yours in the Kingdom of God. He waits only on your invitation.
But woe to the winners. Woe to the success stories, you who attract admiration and applause wherever you go. You who have stood so well on your own two feet, excelling at everything you do, be wary. You have set your eyes on yourself, and you have received yourself as your reward. Jesus loves you, and He waits on your invitation as well. But will He receive it?
Heavenly Father, I’ll never ask to suffer or to mourn, but may I suffer ten times over rather than allow my heart to become satisfied without You. If I had more money than I knew what to do with, if I attracted admiration and praise wherever I went, if everything I touched turned to gold, but I did not have You, I would be the undisputed ruler of a trash heap, no more.
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 11:29-30
Today I can take my family, my career, my politics and my opinions, make ambitions out of all of them, strap them on my back and try to carry them across a finish line of my own imagining, only to find that once I've done that, the line has moved.
Or I can unburden and give all of it to Jesus, trusting Him, rather than myself, with my life. What a relief!
The world can keep its expectations and its burdens, its "empowering" message that I can be anything, do anything, grow my career, lose weight in 30 days, retire at 55, whatever.
Keep it all. I don't need it, don't want it. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
What an unbelievable, unimaginable relief.
Colin McComb lives in Edson, Alberta with his wife, Gail, and their three lovely children.