A psychology professor wanted to demonstrate the impact of carrying around personal or emotional burdens. He gave each student in the class, an 8 ounce Styrofoam cup, which represented the burdens, and asked them to lift it up and hold it out for a few minutes. Everyone agreed, the cup was so light that this was not a problem! The professor then filled each cup to the top, with water and again asked the students to lift it up and hold it out for a few minutes. Although the cups were now heavier than when they were empty, with a little effort, everyone was able to do just that.
The professor proceeded with his lesson and instructed the class to hold the filled cups up for the next hour of the class. Those who still had their cup up at the end of the class period would receive an A for the day. There was much excitement as the students discussed how elated they were to have such an easy assignment! At first, the cups seemed light enough, so this A was a sure bet!
Believe Ms. LaRue when I say it came as a shock to the class, as one by one, they discovered the cups were becoming heavier and heavier the longer they were held up. They had to be put down… this was commanded out of necessity! After 25 minutes had passed, the majority of the cups were back on the table… the load simply became overwhelming! A couple of students made it to 30 minutes and two made it to 40 minutes, but no one earned the A! It was astonishing to discover something that appeared to be so light eventually became an impossible burden. And so it is with our own personal troubles… no matter how insignificant they first appear, when carried around long enough, it becomes impossible to continue. They must be set down and that may not be pretty! They will weigh you down and throw a blanket of darkness upon you. It will become an arduous journey!
But burden is a choice, so why not start to practice putting them down or turning them over to someone else before you are forced to do so? You will improve at anything if you practice enough. Want to know a great place to start that practice? Here is where you will find the easy A!
Psalms 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” KJV
Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”