Let God Be Our Brace
Ah February the month of Love. In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus said the Greatest Commandment is this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Then, Jesus added, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” God wants us to love him above all and, then, to love our neighbors AS WE LOVE OURSELVES. Without loving ourselves and taking care of ourselves, we cannot love others like we should. God created each and every one of us in his image, and we are the Temple in which God dwells. Just like we have to take care of our own homes that we live in, we need to take care of our bodies, minds, and souls because the Lord dwells in us. When we completely focus all of our energy on everyone else we lose sight of God. We often take on ourselves too many burdens, but Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you.” Being able to lay our burdens and struggles at the Lord’s feet allows us to rest easier, knowing that God will take those burdens and carry us through all of our trials. Then, since God has taken our burdens and is carrying us through all our trials, we are able to help others. Sometimes we must be the wall that others lean upon, but we need to be willing to allow God to be the brace on the other side.