Are You Overloaded?


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

It was an interesting scenario as I stood in the check-in line at the airport. A man ahead of us was told that his bag was too heavy. He decided to open it and rearrange things, as it looked like everything had been thrown in. After neatly folding everything, the suitcase shut more easily, but when he put it on the scales, there was no difference in weight of course.

The agent told him that he just couldn’t take it all without paying an additional fee. He opened the suitcase by a trashcan and began throwing away articles until he got to an acceptable weight. Finally under the limit, he checked the suitcase and proceeded to the gate.

Watching this unfold led me to a spiritual parallel. Most of us are overloaded with all sorts of things, most of which are in a state of disarray. Sometimes we think that we can reorganize more neatly and our burdens will go away. But, we find that we are still on overload, but in a more organized overload.

What we really need is to unload some of the junk, worries, cares and burdens from our life. The Bible tells us where to start. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (I Peter 5:7). Notice this verse doesn’t say just enough to get under the weight limit. It says to give all of our worries and cares to God.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22



• Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!
• Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet!
• I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks!
• When I was a child I thought Nap Time was a punishment … now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small vacation!
• The biggest lie I tell myself is … “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
• I don’t have gray hair. I have “wisdom highlights”. I’m just very wise.
• If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.
• The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes”.
• I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week.
• Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just going to transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
• Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.
• At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in the room for.
• Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree … that makes it a plant which means … chocolate is Salad !!!


Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Jesus and refreshing yourself in His Presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But He reads your thoughts continually, searching for evidence of trust in Him. He rejoices when your mind turns toward Him. Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought-choices will keep you close to Him. (Sarah Young)

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