Come to Me, all you who
are heavily laden and I will give you rest.
Tom and Laura Gross
Jesus invited all who are heavily laden to come unto
him and receive the Sabbaths rest.He knows our flesh wants to store
up all our problems and carry them on our backs.This is in essence pride.If
we are really attached to our flesh we will try to blame others for
our burden or force them to carry it.I call this “I is dumb but
You is dumber.”This to say when we are saddled with burdens we
are “Me centered” and start most of our sentences with “I” statements.
This is really dumb.Worse yet is that which is born of unforgiveness
often called “The Blame Game” and characterized by sentences
starting with “You.”This is dumber!Usually there is a “YOU” in
your “I” and that’s why the LORD said we should remove
the log from our own eye before we try to pick the speck out of our
Jesus said he did nothing of his own initiative or personal
will but rather the will of His Father who is in heaven.Selah. This
is our resting place in Him.
The world would encourage us to dig though our backpack
and examine it’s contents.Then we would come to understand our
past based on our burden. We might even be lead to interpret who we
are based on what we are choosing to drag around with us.After all it’s
our favorite stuff which we love to hate.How very different is what
He offers us.
As Christians we are invited/commanded to lay our burdens
down and cast our cares before him.Then we are to will the LORD’s
will, for His yoke is easy and his burden light.We do this primarily
by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.This is different from checking with
the LORD, but invariable starts out feeling that way.We are told if
we walk continuously according to the spirit then by no means will we
satisfy the lust of the flesh.There is a familiarity born of intimacy
with Jesus.As we keep him in our hearts and minds moment by moment we
begin to see who we are as he sees us.Instead of dragging around the
concerns of the old man and having our identity founded on our life
experiences, we are to keep the Lord in our hearts and minds and carry
His Holy Spirit into the world and our identity will be founded on the
new man in Christ.The nature of this new man is characterized by Gods
I sat down to write about Kid’s wearing heavy
backpacks in school and how bad it is for their developing neuromusculoskeletal
system.The analogy seemed overwhelming so I was compelled to write about
it.The times require us to diligently pursue this intimate and unburdened
walk with the LORD.What could possibly be more exciting or rewarding?
Regarding the backpack issue, A study appearing recently
in the journal Spine evaluated backpack weights and back pain.They found
that backpack related activities led to low back pain in almost half
of the students.In the study the average backpack weighed 20 pounds.The
resulting spinal loads on the child for their size exceeded the legal
occupational limits set for adults as a proportion of their weight.They
suggested reducing the child’s backpack weight by including only
necessary items.Other sources have suggested dual textbooks for home
and school or copies of lessons.
At Mills River Family Chiropractic we offer a holistic
approach to health care.Carrying the Holy Spirit into everything we
do is the hallmark of a vital Christian. We believe this makes a huge
difference in the care that people receive in our clinic.