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Weighty Gold Necklace

“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 light.”
Matthew 11:29-30

Like a lot of women I like jewelry----the bigger the better!

Several months ago, while perusing the goodies at a flea market, I spied a vintage-faux-gold-multi-chained-ox-yoke of a necklace. Wow and just my size! I knew immediately which outfits it would enhance. I could not get my money out fast enough to pay for my prize “find.” That night I wore it out to dinner with friends. After about 2 hours the weight of the faux-gold-multi-chained-ox-yoke of a necklace became very uncomfortable on my neck. With every tick-tock of passing minutes the discomfort increased, and I could not wait to get it off.

My necklace fiasco brought to mind biblical warnings of chasing after worldly things and ignoring spiritual things of greater value. After time, the things of this world become weighty and burdensome, while things of spiritual value bring inner joy and eternal rewards.

Jesus offers us His yoke to wear. His yoke is light and comes with His rest.

Lord, help me look beyond the worldly baubles and focus on the greater value of spiritual gold that is eternal.

Claudia Jackson

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