I recently read a story and I want to share it with you. I am not sure who wrote it; however, it goes along with yesterday's blog, Suitcases.
Put the Glass Down
There is a story about a professor who is presenting a lecture on stress management to his students. He raised a glass of water and asked the class, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?" The students guessed about six ounces. "It doesn't matter what the absolute weight is. It depends on how long you hold it," the professor replied. "If I hold it for a minute, it is OK. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will start to ache. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance. It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it the heavier it becomes."
If you carry your burdens all the time, sooner or later, you will not be able to carry on; the burden will be too heavy. What you have to do is put the glass down and rest for a while before holding it up again. You have to put the burdens down from time to time, so that you can be refreshed and able to carry on. Whatever burden you are carrying on your shoulders, let it down. Take a rest. If you must, you can pick it up again later when you have rested. Rest and relax. ~Author unknown
**All too often, in my life, it has appeared easier to continue to carry my burdens If I lay them down, then I am exposed, I lose control, I am not protected, I am vulnerable, and sometimes I think to myself, I deserve to carry these burdens. However, I have learned those "reasons" are really lies! I am exposed ,but only to the grace, mercy, and forgiveness that Christ offers. I was never in control in the first place...and quite honestly, I prefer God being in control. I am more than protected! I am only vulnerable to God's plan and purpose; there is nothing to fear there. Every single person in the world deserves to carry their burdens, however, the GOOD NEWS is Christ lived, died, and rose again, so that I can have a clean slate and know that I deserve all that He promises (and that goes for you as well!-there are no exceptions).
Lay your burdens down and let the love of Christ replace the heaviness within your heart!
There is ALWAYS hope!