Max Lucado, author of Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Meant to Bear, is one of America’s most beloved inspirational writers. He is a master of the metaphor and has an amazing gift for telling a story. But what makes his writing stand alone is the punch he puts into each page as he weaves a web of healing and grace for his readers. Max is a pastor. He knows how to get to the heart of the matter with his readers. A deep respect for the Word of God, a passionate love for the saints and central focus on Jesus and his work on the cross comes across in all his books.
- Do you feel a need for affirmation? Does your self-esteem need attention? You need only pause at the base of the cross and be reminded of this:The Maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you.
- In six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth…and rested on the seventh day.” God’s message is plain: “If creation didn’t crash when I rested, it won’t crash when you do.”
- Don’t avoid life’s Gardens of Gethsemane. Enter them. Just don’t enter them alone. While you’re there, be honest. Pounding the ground is permitted. Tears are allowed. And if you sweat blood, you won’t be the first. Do what Jesus did: Open your heart.
- Heaven doesn’t know you as the fellow with the nice suit or the woman with the big house. When God thinks of you, He may see your compassion, your devotion, your tenderness, or your quick mind, but He doesn’t think of your things. And when you think of you…you shouldn’t either.
- If a season of solitude is God’s way to teach you to hear His song, don’t you think it’s worth it?
- God will lead you through, not around, the valley of the shadow of death. And, by the way, aren’t you glad it’s just a shadow?
- Our mood may shift, but God’s doesn’t. Our mind may change, but God’s doesn’t. Our devotion may falter, but God’s never does. Even if we’re faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot betray Himself.
- God had a great race for you to run. Under His care, you’ll go where you’ve never been and serve in ways you’ve never dreamed. But you have to release your burdens.
- This morning, somewhere between your first step on the floor and your last step out of the door, you grabbed some luggage. The bags you grabbed are not made of leather; they’re made of burdens. A suitcase of guilt. A sack of discontentment. A duffel bag of weariness. Set them down.
- When you come to God, make requests; don’t make demands. Come with high hopes and a humble heart. State what you want, but pray for what is right.
Source: Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Meant to Bear by Max Lucado Thomas Nelson (October 1, 2001)