28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
I was so excited to come to college. I was beyond pumped for move in day. It finally came. My parents and I drove to College Station, unpacked everything we had brought, and then we grabbed lunch and I said goodbye to them. Yet while I had unpacked everything we had brought, I still carried baggage.
I am a sinner. I said it. And I’m not afraid to say it. I am human, I make plenty of mistakes, but I am also very loved by an unfailing Savior who redeems each and every one of those mistakes.
So many people nowadays, myself included, have carried burdens that have held them back from being the person they want to be.
We live in a generation where there are young men and women who carry this baggage, this weight on their shoulders that they can never seem to unload.
Boys who have struggled with baggage their entire life. Pride, lust, resentment, jealousy are all things many guys I know have struggled with throughout their life. Guys who have been weighed down by this broken world we live in. Who have never been enough for anyone around them. There are boys in this world, not men, who are actively looking to carry the weight of another person’s baggage, a significant other, when they haven’t even started to work on themselves. How selfish is that? A generation of guys who have no earthly idea what it means to be a gentlemen, a man, a boyfriend who loves others like Christ so loved the church.
We live in a generation of women who struggle internally with baggage just as much, if not more, than guys. Past boyfriends, family problems, jealousy, idealism, and hatefulness are common themes of baggage among women in 2017. Ladies, you are worth so much more than your past experiences say you are. You are worth more than the guy that broke your heart. You are worth more than what you did in high school or college. Some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever had the chance to become close with are the same exact people who were some of the most sinful when I first met them.
Gentlemen, it’s time to grow up. I say this out of love and as someone who has not grown up fast enough in my own past. It’s time to become men. We owe it to the ladies of this world. Because guess what? Those girls that you are hooking up with on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights? Those are God’s children. Those are your sisters in Christ and deserve to be treated as such. One day, you very well could have a daughter of your own and Lord knows that you will never want her to be treated the way the men of this world treat women nowadays. It’s time to let go of your past because at the end of the day, it’s only hurting your future. Today is the day. Today is the day you let go of what’s been holding you back for so many years. You are a redeemed man through the eyes of Christ and there is no need to carry yourself in any other way than that, even if the world tells you otherwise.
Girls, it’s time to quite simply get over it. I will be the first one to tell you that the fact of the matter is a lot of guys suck. But I’m also here to tell you that a lot of guys don’t. You have no idea how much it breaks my heart each time I hear that someone’s been cheated on, lied to, or had their heart broken by someone who never deserved that heart in the first place. I stay up thinking about it, thinking about all the horror stories of how a girl has been treated. But it’s time to move on. Holding a grudge on that ex-boyfriend, being resentful towards the father who was never there for you or abused you, living in the sin and shame of all the things that used to define you, it’s only hurting yourself. You are a beautiful creation created in Christ’s image and you are fully loved and you need to know that.
In Matthew 11:28 the Bible says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
This verse clearly outlines Jesus’ invitation for those who believe in Him to come to Him for rest. Our God works in incredible ways. I myself find it so easy to get caught up in the trials and tribulations that each day brings and often need to be reminded of this truth. I am an incredibly broken, sinful, person, just like every single other person on this earth. I’ve been sinful since birth. The incredible truth is that we have a Savior who redeems those who need it most. A God who heals the broken-hearted in ways they could never imagine.
So instead of carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders and fighting a battle that’s already been won for me, instead of holding on to a broken past, instead of living with shame and regret, I choose today to take joy in a God of miracles who redeems, because I am absolutely one of those miracles.