Finding the Better Life In My Burden


Just about 5 weeks ago, I started my first year of college. I was naturally excited. Feeling independent and ready to take on the world. That was until I had to walk for 10 minutes up a steep hill and then take 5 flights of stairs to my English class all while carrying my backpack, laptop, and my purse. You could say I got my workout in on that day. As the weeks have progressed I have come to realize that I don’t dread the walk as much, but actually pride myself in the fact that climbing that hill and those flights of stairs are becoming a lot easier.

 When people ask me about my relationship with Jesus, I always tell them that with Him my life has gotten better. Of course, things still come my way. There will be hills to climb and flights of stairs to go up, and times will come when you get tired. But having that relationship with Jesus helps you to become stronger. Your load may not get lighter, but you will gain strength in Jesus.

Your load may not get lighter, but you will gain strength in Jesus.

As someone who has suffered with anxiety since I was 14, I can tell you that handling that load has become a lot easier since I met Christ. When it comes to the better life, Jesus has opened my heart and shown me how much stronger he is than any hill that I may have to climb. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. If we seek after him wholeheartedly, He will take our anxieties, struggles, and battles and lead us through them.

Trouble will come in this life, there’s no denying that. But with Christ we can handle those troubles a lot easier. Nothing can come your way that you and Jesus can’t handle together. So keep climbing that hill, you’re only going to get stronger with Christ right there by your side.

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 

better lifeOlivia Nickell