Post 266

All of us Bendixen's and Grandma Hiatt made a 3 day trip to Mackinac Island...

El is shy

Did lots of biking

We've been getting a good laugh out of this for awhile at our house.

This picture's a little old now, but I like it.

Went to visit Amanda's old pastor and his wife. The Jancuskis

Celebrating Andrew and Susanna's engagement!

Farmer's Market

The Rutabagas

Mark and Melody's wedding

I had a lot of good times going out with the kids in the fall...

At Oakland University

At the mall

Gotta wash the kids

Working with Shiloh

Leaf raking

Take My Yoke Upon You

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
-Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30

Here are a few things I've noticed about an ox yoke...

A Yoke is used to Serve
The ox isn't in it for himself, it's for another.

A Yoke takes Patient Endurance
You're at it all day. The fruit doesn't come until much later.

A Yoke is Heavy
It's hard work. Think it was hard for Jesus to keep his mouth shut before his accusers? It's hard, but He gives the strength. It's not easy because you lounge around, it's easy because He gives you the strength.

A Yoke takes Humility
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:" Philippians 2:5-7

A Yoke takes Following
The ox doesn't lead, he follows the leading of his master.
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" I Peter 2:21 "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." I John 2:6

A Yoke takes Teamwork
There must be more than one ox, and they all be pulling in unison for it to work.

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