Friday, December 14, 2007

The heavy glass

I was over visiting Deena at Wholly Devoted and after reading the following-- I asked her if I could post it also. She said, YUP!
So here it is.


A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water? "

Answers called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. "If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance."

"In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. "

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. "

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."

"Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy! "


Of course as a Christian we need to lay our burdens in the hands of Jesus-but sometimes this is hard to do. I find that even when I think I have, the sore muscles in my shoulders say---NO YOU DIDN'T!
Sometimes for me it is as simple as choosing not to think about whatever "it" is.
It is not running from the problems when you refuse to think about them--especially if you have given them to God to hold and solve.
So tell your brain--NO! And then let the one who created the glass and the water--hold it.
Yes, it takes practice sometimes.
For those of ya'll who are thinking of family issues at this time of the year--
Give the glass to God.
He is holding His hand out to take it. It is not that the burden will just disappear-but it will get lighter.

16 comments:

Denise said...

Amen, God can, and will make your burdens lighter sis.

Abby said...

finally catching up on my blogs....

wow, that is awesome!!! i think i'm gonna have to share this with some people..thanks for borrowing it from your friend! :)

Denise said...

I think I will fill my glass with my eldest son that has been gone for so long and hand it to God...... thanks....... that was wonderful........

Hugs

Edge of Design said...

Appropriate post for this time of year, huh?

Lisa said...

Oh how I needed this, Sharon!

I have the tendency to lay a burden down until I feel rested, then I pick it back up again! Ugh.

Melanie said...

I needed this so much that it made me cry.

I have a heavy burden of worry right now and I am trying to give it over to God. I do have enough peace to get a little sleep, but mostly my stomach is just turning with worry.

Thanks, for the great post.

SunnySusan said...

Wonderful, sis, thanks...perfect to read in the morning when I have so much "stuff" to do

Deb said...

Great way to look at stress huh? awesome post as usual!!

Mary said...

A wonderful post today, Sharon. As you know, I have a burden on my heart right now and this is exactly what I've been doing with it. Oh, there are still minutes of saddness, but they don't last long since I've put it all in God's Hands. He is so good and can carry our burdens if we will just let Him.

Love and blessings, my Sister,
Mary

Kellan said...

Yes, give the glass to God - good advise!!!

BTW, Billy's jersey is the LSU Tigers - all the teams had different college teams and his was LSU - pretty cool, huh!! Have a good evening, Sharon. Kellan

Bev Brandon said...

that is really good...

i came to see your ladies' backs...except I only see one teeny portion of their back and it is only their derrier's -- LOL --- ROTFL...you have given me a good laugh...just seconds before i clicked on yours, i received an e-mail for Britt and I think I think I think it might be #123 orphan person...will let you know for sure...

Karen said...

Yes so true. Thanks for sharing. I shall have heaps to read when I get back next year. Wanted to say how much I have appreciated your friendship and your love this year, so very much. xxx

Regina said...

Awesome post! Especially during this time of year. You would think with this being the celebration season of our Savior's birth that it would be a beautiful season, but Christmas time has very high stress & suicide statistics.
I pray that this post ministers to those who need the word!
Blessings!

Bev Brandon said...

thank YOU Sharon for the role you played in initiating this idea...

appreciate your words just now...you know, while so many are into materialism, it was a great read of people's hearts and the comments they shared along the way as our big God touched their hearts with this orphan story...thank you so much...
ps - my husband and i were just laughing about your header problems...mine goes skinny like that too, at various times...

IVENTBYBLOGGING said...

Hi,
what a wonderfully enlightening blog...i was very blessed!

bria

Ally said...

I soooooooooooo neede to hear this... I think I might post parts of it too if that is okay!!!!