How Heavy is a Glass of Water?

ARE YOU STRESSED?  Can I encourage you today, whatever stressful situation you are going through,  This too shall pass.”  Have you ever said, “I CAN’T HANDLE THIS STRESS!  Prolonged stress is a killer but there is a way to beat it.

Yes stress is a natural part of life so it’s true that we all must learn how to handle stress.  A university lecturer explained it this way; he held up a full glass of water and asked the class how heavy it was.  The answers varied from 100 grams to 400 grams.  The lecturer replied that the weight of the glass of water didn’t matter, what did matter was how long you held the glass of water up;

  • Hold it up for a minute is okay.
  • Hold it up for an hour and your right arm will ache.
  • Hold it up for a day and you’ll need an ambulance!

And that’s the way it is with stress!  If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later as the burdens become increasingly heavy, we would not be able to carry on.  As with the glass of water we have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When we are refreshed we can carry any burden again.

Jesus said it best in Matthew 11, 

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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Do you think Jesus is onto something?  Let’s just accept that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.  Never put both feet in your mouth at once because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.  If you can’t be kind at least have the decency to be quiet.  Always keep your words sweet because you never know when you’ll have to eat them.   

We can learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are blunt, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and all are different colours but they all have to learn to live in the same box.   Kindness changes the world.  It’s hard to be kind when you’re stressed to the max so why not come to Jesus and learn from him?  Let’s be the revolution.

God bless you heaps 

Pastor Nigel 

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