“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30

Every week my 8 year old has a test in his school to assess his work. While I know this is necessary in school life it made me think how, even at a young age, we are rated on how we are performing. It doesn’t change in adult life either; work appraisals and reviews, income and status all give an account of how well (or not) we are doing.

Popular culture is no different. Some of the most popular television shows are now about rating and judging people’s performance, whether it’s singing, dancing, baking or intelligence.

The push to compete and perform in all walks of life can become tiring and can make us feel like a failure at times when we stumble in our goals. But thank God his ways are not our ways. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.

Jesus calls us to rest and trust in him. Yes, there is work to do but he is willing us to succeed and is there to help us up when we fall. So if you feel the pressure of life too much this week, turn your eyes to him and rest. If God had a scorecard in heaven with your name on it, he marked it the day you received his gift of salvation and now sees you through the lens of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

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