My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God wants us to carry one another's burdens? Is your “stuff” heavy today? Are your heavy burdens heavier because you've too long been trying to bear them alone? Is that really something to be proud about when you think about it?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I believe that I've discovered a universal axiom; that is: "My stuff is heavier than your stuff." A number of years ago I moved a friend's piano. It was a piano much like the one I owned, a small upright spinet. When we went to move it, I discovered that it simply wasn’t as heavy as mine. We were able to move it with I felt, less of an effort than when we had moved mine. (Even though when we moved mine we had two guys and now we had four.) Over the years I have added to this theory, having moved other items–shared other’s pain and carried other’s problems. Now, as absurd as this sounds if you think about it, there is some truth to it.

Here's a story: A lecturer was giving a talk to 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 20 grams to 500 grams. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn’t matter. What matters is how long you hold it. If I hold the cup for a minute, I would be Ok. If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for one day, you will have to call an ambulance. The cup of water is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels and the more damage it can do to me." God never intended mankind to carry alone his or her own life's burdens or to pay his or her sins' penalty. God wants to carry our life's burdens along with us and to pay our sin's penalty for us. To let God do what He alone can do for us is not irresponsible but wise. (Dana Chau--Sermoncentral.com)

You see? That’s why my stuff is heavier than your stuff; or, for that matter, why your stuff might be heavier than mine. Why? Simply, it's because all too often we try carrying burdens on our own. Our "stuff" will always be heavier when we don't share it with someone else. And, of course, this is also true of other people's burdens. They will be lighter if we choose to help them bear their loads. So, in reality, my theory is true. Unless we serve one another in the manner that Jesus chose to serve each of us, in "rescue" mode with the sole purpose of removing the weight of sin from our shoulders, we will always have "stuff" that is too heavy to carry alone. And, in turn, we will find ourselves surrounded by people whose own "stuff" is not as heavy as ours. God wants us to carry one another's burdens. Is your "stuff" heavy today? If it is, try giving it to Jesus. And, for that matter, find a friend to share it with. Then, find someone else who is struggling with their heavy "stuff." When you help them with their burdens you might be surprised to discover that your heavy burdens are heavy because you've too long been trying to bear them alone. And, that's nothing to be proud of.

We pray. Dear Father there is hardly a day that passes when we don’t feel the pain of the burdens that we choose to carry on a daily basis. It’s our burden? So we just decide to carry it, to take responsibility for it and tote it no matter the cost or the weight. Forgive us Father when we don’t even think of Your promise that You are always willing to carry our burdens for us. That doesn’t mean that we don’t take responsibility for it, just that we are willing to accept Your offer to carry the burden for us. Thank You Lord for offering and thank You for removing the burden from our shoulders. When we pick them up they don’t seem so heavy, but when we hold them for a while, we know the foolishness of our pride. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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