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.
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.