Putting On Christ

I am very much enjoy the pace of my current life. Given the quarantine, my unemployment and me saying goodbye to my medical career I have a lot of time on my hands. Don’t worry I stay busy. I am not idle in the least. Given my abundant free time I have very much enjoyed starting my days with a cup of coffee, prayer and worship. God makes things new each day. Similar each day is a new opportunity for us to “put on Christ” and walk by the lords commands and ways rather than our own selfish desires. By starting my day with prayer and worship I find it easier to “put on Christ”. Similar I find life more joy filled, peaceful and overall positive. It does not mean I do not encounter difficulties but it seems like I am better equip to deal with the difficulties in ways that are glorifying to God.

As much as I have enjoyed this time period not all seasons of my life have been this way. While in residency I often had a jam packed schedule. Some rotations I had to be at the hospital at 4 am thus my bedtime was between 7 and 8 pm. I was stressed at the max. I was exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally. Let’s just say I did not have the time or energy to start my day with a cup of coffee, prayer and worship like I do right now. Life was hard and in my exhaustion I found it challenging to “put on Christ” when all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and sleep for a week. You do not need to be a medical resident to experience the challenges of the demands of daily life. Whether it be work, children or something else our lives often have seasons that are just busy. In these times it can be challenging to “put on Christ”

But we can “put on Christ” even in our busyness. For it does not take an hour of quiet time with the lord to “put on Christ.” The busy times in our life can sometimes be the most fruitful. When you are exhausted and frustrated with a situation and you wish you could just yell at your boss you can chose to “put on Christ” and respond with love, respect and patience. When you come across someone else struggling and you think I do not really feel like dealing with that right now you can choose to be a good friend who listens and encourages someone else you are “putting on Christ.”. Similarly it only takes 10 seconds to say a little prayer. It only take 10 seconds to read and meditate on a little scripture to help turn your eyes back on Jesus. It only takes 10 seconds to acknowledge you may be busy and exhausted but God’s provision has never left you.

But I am also reminded that Jesus said “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 11:28-30.

If life has become burdensome and you are at your limit it is ok to come to Jesus and let him carry you. It is ok to let some things in life go so that you can better receive God’s love and provision. For sometimes we need to let other people “put on Christ” on our behalf so that we to can receive God’s love and kindness. If you are at your limit maybe God wants you to let some things go and let some other people in who are willing to “put on Christ” for you.

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