While explaining stress management to an audience, a lecturer raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"  Answers 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 life. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, the burden becomes increasingly heavy and 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."

We all carry several burdens throughout life.  These are related to matters such as work, family and health, and can leave us feeling ‘heavy’ after a while.  If you let it go on for long, it will consume you and it can affect your physical, mental and emotional health.  We see and experience this in our lives on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we either do not rest and refresh ourselves or we seek that refreshment in wrong places and things.

How can we best mitigate the stress of our lives?  You can start by setting the glass down and handing it over to God.  Your burden will start to lighten immediately. Slowly, you will learn to trust Him to hold the glass for a while.  You slowly start to feel renewed and refreshed.


Didi Ji