Saw this other day and thought it fit into the personal reflection we are called to do during the season of Lent. When we focus on the negative in life, we lose sight of the positive. Sometimes we let the weight of the world bow us down or hold onto petty pet peeves for so long that they actually rob us of happiness, joy and, often times, hope. Jesus had a way of looking for the best in life and in others; even those who would in the end work for his death on a cross were forgiven by him.
The Weight of a Glass
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 think this glass of water is?" The students' answers ranged from 20g to 500g.
"It does not matter on the absolute weight. It depends on how long you hold the glass. 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. The glass 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 put the glass down and rest for a while before holding it up again."
Remember to put down your burdens periodically, so that you are refreshed and can carry on without their weight. Take time to consider the best in life, stop and smell the roses (no lilies!), pray the Psalms for a month, or be in community for worship, fellowship and support. Most of all, use the remainder of Lent to look at what makes you lose the joy in life and let it go; it is only weighing you down and is probably not worth the time and emotions you are investing in it. Don’t let the glass get so heavy that you really do need that ambulance!
Posted on Tue, March 13, 2018
by Doug Meister