Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday morsel: the easy yoke (from John Ortberg)

Yesterday our pastor quoted from John Ortberg's book Soul Keeping. Ortberg is an author I like a lot:  I've read his books Jesus the One and Only, Everybody's Normal Until You Get to Know Them, and The Life You've Always Wanted.

I haven't read Soul Keeping yet, though, so I can't reproduce the quote directly from the book and can't remember it word-for-word from yesterday.  But I got this version from Ortberg's blog post entitled "Fighting Soul Fatigue"

"The Bible uses the word 'easy' only once. It came from Jesus. 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened … and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.' [Matthew 11:28-30]

‘Easy’ is a soul word, not a circumstance word. The soul was not made for an easy life. The soul was made for an easy yoke."


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  1. That is the best insight on the easy yoke I've ever heard, Jeannie.

    1. I was very struck by it, too, Tim. I'm eager to read Ortberg's book now.

    2. I agree. Impressive insight, Jeannie. Another fabulous quote for me to ponder for a long time! :-)


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