The power for me was in one word.
The word light!
The context in which I was reading this was not that of expelling any darkness,
but in relation to carrying a load.
Not heavy, weighty or cumbersome; but effortless, easy and unforced.
The phrase was….. “to live lightly” *
And on went my mind.
What a joyous and wonderful thought this is, to live life without the heaviness of what events occur in life, or without carrying the burden of the challenges faced on a daily basis.
Furthermore, the blessing of living life like this would be that my responses would reflect it; I would quite easily be displaying and offering grace, I would be readily smiling and bring a sense of peace to others and more than likely have the necessary strength to face new challenges in a better way.
Oh how I wish I could say that this how I live my life.
Well not only because this is more appealing but for the best for those around me, those journeying life with me.
Because, I allow the heaviness and the weight of things in life to become packed into all that I am, and then, as a result, pour this out onto others – those around me who had nothing to do with what had transpired. I am therefore hurting others and causing them to feel low because of my lack. I react (an issue in itself) because of the load I am carrying.
After reading this phrase the other day, I began to relate it to the way I pack for a holiday. Anyone who knows me well enough would agree with me when I say that I am not very good at packing lightly. Ok, I am no good at it at all!
I pack for the ‘just in case’, I pack for the possible change of weather, and for the variety. I pack with a complete outfit in mind. I even pack with the thoughts that I should not burden others with practicalities such as washing while staying at their home!
Why? I want to always look good while keeping the balance of being comfortable and accepted by others.
Yet, when I liken this to when others come to visit me I can easily become insulted if they do not accept the many offers of ‘making themselves at home’ -this including any support required for washing! So why do I not expect the same?
In comparing this analogy to the phrase of living lightly, I was able to display in a clearer way how easily, quickly and often without thought I take on (pack) more than I need from life.
Someone makes a statement that was a bit ‘off’ to me, and I analyze it and allow it to become more than it was meant to – I add it to me.
A look is received and I wonder why or what was behind it, I analyze it and allow it to become more than it was meant to – I add it to me.
My thoughts begin to rave on, a huge amount of chatter in fact, and I analyze it and allow it to become more than it was meant to – I add it to me.
You see what I mean?
And so, as the day goes on, my soul becomes packed with all that it was not meant to contain. I am no longer living lightly.
And nor will I be able to, if I am continually concentrating on the heavy load I am taking with me.
Now to learn the art of packing lightly for a holiday!
Ps. – the phrase I read was “ keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly”
Wise words, if we’re feeling ‘heavy’ is because we’re not letting the Lord do the heavy lifting! Thanks Deb xx