Thursday, March 09, 2006

Set Down that Glass . . .


A friend sent me the following story today. For some reason, it rang a bell with me (could it be that looming deadline?)

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 20g to 500g.

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 . 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."

And so, if you'll excuse me, I think Charley Gansky and I will go out to the back porch and watch the sun set.

~~Angie

2 comments:

Betsy said...

I think this could be a sermon for many spiritual battles. Come to think of it one of your stories :)

Ruth said...

Great analogy! I needed to hear that!