A Gentle Yoke

Written on 06/21/2018
Luke Estrada

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 


They say that Adam and Eve’s true sin was pride, that they believed they could be made to be like God. They say the same about the Devil, that he struck out against God out of pride. I know for me that pride has been a battle all my life. It’s easy for me to say “I did this.” I feel no shame in claiming good things to be my own handiwork. I also struggle with a self-loathing to match that self-love. I look at my mistakes and my shortcomings and shame myself for being human. I think a lot of people are like that.

It’s hard to carry it all on your own. It’s a miserable way to live, holding yourself to all of these impossible standards, and then beating yourself up when you prove to be human. I wonder who told us we needed to be so exceptional, I wonder who said that assistance was shameful.

When did we decide to do our own thing? When did we figure out that we knew best for ourselves? I don’t remember the decisions that brought me to this place, but I can’t just give it up, not after all this time, after all this work.  But that’s the weariness talking again, isn’t it? That’s the burden trying to get you to hold on.

There’s a better way. Jesus offers us his burden. His work. His life. And we don’t ever have to wonder if we’re good enough, because he is already good enough. I want his rest. I need that light. “Let go of your burden” he says, “We can share mine.”