The Mighty Burden

The one who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the one mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled one upon another. That mighty burden is his obligation to God. It includes an instant and lifelong duty to love God with every power of mind and soul, to obey Him perfectly, and to worship Him acceptably.

AW Tozer

Read that at least 3 times, as it will take that many times before you are able to even partially process the mouthful of knowledge that it contains.

And after reading, I must say that I think that I have too much perspective for a man in his early 40s. I have too much understanding of the brevity of life, of the sanctity of happiness, and of the beauty that we should seek to find. I promise you I’m not bragging about those thoughts, because to be quite honest, I wish that I didn’t have the philosophies that I have acquired. They’ve been borne of death, cancer, divorce, illness, strife, lies, and destruction.  But at the end of the day, I truly do understand the concept of worry and temporal problems, and how little of it we should engage.

But does it help? Does my appreciation for the beauty of this life somehow stop me from sitting up at night…worrying….and crying…and dreaming for easier days?  Nope. Not one bit. So do I have perspective, or do I have resignation? Sheesh, I have no clue. I have experienced LIFE, and that’s all that I know.

But that quote above is one that begins to strip away at the jacket of misery we wear at times. The jacket that we put on in the mornings as we leave the house – the one that weighs us down, contains our miseries, and makes the whole of life a burden at times. But if we look at life through the prism of eternity, what does it do to our perspective?

Simply put, I think that we arise each day with a choice. A direction must be chosen, and we’re tasked with that decision from either a worldly perspective, or a biblical one. If we’re going to worry about all of the things on our eternal list of “Things I’m going to Worry About”…then we have recognize that we are turning AWAY from God’s plan for us during the day.

If, on the other hand, we can trust that God has our problems handled, the enormity and depth of the responsibility in front of us is staggering. Because if we have handed our problems to God, then we are left with but one task: un-ending worship.

Sound easy? You already know the answer.

As difficult as this humble act of submission is to perform, the simplicity of it is also so very beautiful. Worry about NOTHING. EVER. Simply live, love, and be happy. Give it all to God and spend the breadth of your life doing the only thing we can: worshipping.

As we move into a position of worship, constant worship, the bandwidth that is our vision changes and we no longer see the stressors and struggles that we trudge through daily. Instead, we see opportunities to be refined, to trust on God more, and to move into a position even closer to Him than we were the previous day.

After all, if we’re not stressing, the least we can be doing is worshipping.


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