Christ bore our greatest burden and pressing priority (our sin and its due penalty). Therefore, he is uniquely and gloriously suited to bear every other burden we have. He is like Atlas holding the weight of our world upon his shoulders. He alone can bear the freight of all of our troubles. It is to our shame that we so often attempt to carry this weight.
If you are like me, you often overestimate your ability and underestimate your tasks. Giving ourselves too much credit, we bite off more than we can reasonably chew. In time this pattern can not only hurt our productivity and efficiency, but it begins to weigh us down.
If this is true with projects, it’s also true with the burdens that make up our day to day life. And if we’re honest, we encounter many weights that prove too heavy. It’s like we walk through life with a magnet in our pocket and every burden is coated with metal. Difficulty is nearly synonymous with life. In general categories, we face physical, economic, professional, personal, and spiritual challenges. And, let’s remember that not only do we have this magnet in our pockets, but so does every other person living around us. We are carrying a myriad of problems amid a world of kindred strugglers.
But we too often overestimate our ability to bear our burdens even as we underestimate their weight. Like an overstuffed grocery bag, the bottom eventually gives out—regardless of our well-meaning intentions or resolve. We simply can’t bear the freight required to carry our myriad of burdens.