Now that may not be you. Even if you like to pump heavy weights, you're too humble to draw attention to yourself. And yet . . . perhaps . . . just perhaps . . . you'd be better off without so much "humility." Why? Because if you're a human being, chances are, you're carrying weight - the kind of weight you don't find in the gym. What do "humble" people do when they carry a load? Well, they carry it by themselves - of course! I mean, why would you want to draw people's attention to your own problems?
Enter real faith, real hope, real love. Faith, hope and love that transform a person into a free person is a way of life that gives up "humility" - and by "humility" I mean false humility. That's because real humility speaks up. It is not afraid to draw attention to itself when it needs attention. Real faith, real hope and real love says, "Hey friend, I need a friend. Hey friend, I need someone to carry my load."
Isn't that interesting? That's exactly what Jesus offers you . . .
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Does Jesus say anything else? Well, if you read the passage in Matthew, He says something about yokes and burdens (maybe Jesus knew about gyms), but maybe . . . just maybe . . . today He is saying something like this specifically to you: "Get a friend. Be a friend. You are not meant to be alone." Did you know simply getting a friend and being a friend is the first lesson of friendship? You can't get a friend or be a friend if you don't want one.
So get a friend and be a friend. For some of you, that's an invitation to life itself. For others, it's a difficult challenge. Friends . . . good friends . . . friends who carry weights . . . are difficult to find. I suppose that's why we need a very healthy church, and I suppose that's why I will be praying for all who read this blog.