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Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me...'
Galileo said, 'I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect, has intended us to forego their use.' When Jesus says, '...My yoke is easy and My burden is light' (Matthew 11:30 NKJV), His intention for you is to discover His will for your life, unlock and develop the gifts He's given you, draw daily on His power, use your common sense, and don't live stressed out. That means you need to change your attitude. Have you ever noticed how some people on a rollercoaster close their eyes, clench their teeth and wait for the ride to end, while up front the wide-eyed thrill-seekers relish every peak and plunge? They're all on the same trip, but their attitudes are entirely different.
You can't always control what happens to you, but you can decide how you'll respond to it. For instance, choosing to see problems as opportunities for growth develops you instead of draining you. You also need to get physical. 'Physical exercise has... value' (1 Timothy 4:8 GNT). You don't have to drive 40 minutes to a health club, then wait for 30 minutes to get on a treadmill for 20 minutes - just start walking! A brisk walk works wonders for you physically and mentally. Come on, get moving! Finally, you must tap into the power of God's Word. Practise scriptural affirmations: 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...' (Colossians 3:16 NIV). But before that can happen you must feed your mind with the Scriptures, then meditate on them until they take root and grow within you. That way they'll be there when you need them!
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