“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11: 29-30, the Message Bible)
The Christ is calling us to be a part of a wonderful labor of love. This work is nurtured by divine Love, encouraged by it, and protected in it. When we agree to serve good, we discover a journey that comes with power and energy and brings true satisfaction.
And we can remember that doing good is not something we need to do alone. In fact, attempting to give in a willful, prideful, or uninspired way, is less productive. And it feels burdensome. But if we look to Jesus’ words and works, recognizing our own oneness with God in our unique mission, we are fruitful and unencumbered.
Instead of slogging away, we can “learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” The ego forces and judges, making for graceless steps that are often stymied in too much self-reflection. But to release ourselves to God, to trust His guidance and our own ability to hear it, is to live freely and lightly. We work with that awesome Christ-spirit, which means healing and progress, poise and peace.
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