Put The Glass Down

    A lecturer was giving a lecture to his students on stress management.  He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, “How heavy do you thiink this glass of water is?”  The students’ answers ranged from 20g to 500g.  “It does not matter on the absolute weight,” he answered, “it depends on how long you hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, it is OK.  If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm.  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 we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier.  What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again.”

    Burdens are pressures, responsibilities, obligations that come with living in this world.  Some of them we cannot help, they just come with the territory.  Now, some people become confused between burdens and crosses.  They speak of their burdens as their cross to bear.  No, burdens you can not help but cross you choose.  The cross is the cause of Christ and you either accept or reject to bear His cross.  Jesus urged us to take up His cross and follow Him.  Live His kind of life.  You do that by choice.  However, burdens are thrust upon you.  The only choice you have about the matter is how you will handle the load.  Paul wrote in Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  NIV   We will fail and be crushed, if we try to bear our burdens alone.  We need the help of others and especially the help of our Lord.   Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28-29   NIV 

    Our strength will come when we weigh our burdens in the light of eternity. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far out-weighs than all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  NIV

    Whatever burden  you have right now, let it down for a moment. Pick it up again later when you have rested.  Rest and relax.  Share your burdens with others.  Cast your burdens on the Lord for He cares for you. 

3 Responses to “Put The Glass Down”

  1. Glad you had a good/safe trip. CU this am @ Bible Study…..

  2. Thanks for your devotionals. I have enjoyed reading them. I liked the way you distinguished between crosses and burdens. I plan to share it with my Bible Study Group. We all have crosses and burdens to bear.

  3. Max, I loved this devotional and will forward it to some of our missionaries. I never thought before to differentiate between cross and burden.

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