Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NRSV)

Any of us enjoys being comfortable. When the weather is brutally cold, we enjoy being in a warm setting, preferably with some good music, something hot to drink, and maybe a good book or movie to enjoy. After pushing ourselves to the limit, finding the time to rest and be comfortable provides necessary renewal. The challenge is to get moving again and realize that the journey is more about carrying along what we need, rather than what would always provide comfort.

Imagine that you are going on a journey and taking only a backpack. That’s kind of how life is. Make three piles before packing it. In the first pile, place everything you absolutely have to have for basic survival. In the second pile, gather up some things that you would kind of like to have, but aren’t critical. In the third pile, gather up the things that would make the journey comfortable, like maybe a hammock or reclining chair … your creature comforts. Pack your backpack with the first pile and say goodbye to the other two piles.

In traveling through life, we don’t make it easy on ourselves by always trying to be comfortable. Traveling lightly is much more comfortable than trying to put a recliner in a backpack. Focus on the Light within, let God’s Spirit provide the comfort, and the journey will be much more enjoyable.

It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in everyday life. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.
Betty White

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483


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