So my wife asked me to write this week and I decided to write about something that has helped me tremendously. One day God asked me a question that made me examine my life.
“How much weight can you carry?”
For much of my life, I measured my strength by the amount of weight I could lift. Having the ability to place a large amount of weight on a bar made me feel strong…..at least physically. In a fitness setting, this way of thinking is totally acceptable. The issue that many are facing today is that once they leave the gym they unknowingly pick up a weight that is far heavier than anything the human body was meant to withstand. This heavy weight is called the cares of this world. (Mark 4:19 “ but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced”)
Will my marriage survive?
How will I pay my rent this month?
My car just broke down, how will I make it to work now?
Will I ever get out of debt?
Will the pain I’ve been experiencing for so long ever go away?
These thoughts originate from the cares of this world, and each person is affected differently. On a personal level, I will admit that there have been times that I have felt the overwhelming burden that comes with trying to provide for a family. There are times when as a husband and father of two, I chose to put on a smile when internally I felt like crying. Attempting to remain strong, as the head of your household when everything seems to be falling apart is no easy task. What do you do when your wife is looking for answers, and to be honest, you don’t have the answers? It would be helpful if you had more time but the clock is working against you. It was my job to make sure that everything was ok however, everything was not ok. At that moment I was left wondering how we ended up in this situation, to begin with. I found myself constantly worrying about how we were going to survive… And before I knew it, the weight that I thought I could manage was far too great for one man to bear. These are the moments when the cares of this world feel the heaviest.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
The more I tried to carry this weight the more tired I became. Exhaustion began to sink in and I was left feeling physically and mentally drained. When you try to manage your life using your own strength, you will quickly realize how heavy the load is. At times you may find yourself holding onto excruciating pain from your past. You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, and stress, but don’t know who to talk to, so you “suffer in silence.” This is not how we were intended to live our lives! Don’t allow yourself to be crushed by this heavy weight. Instead, allow this weight to be lifted off your shoulders.
“Give ALL your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
It’s time that we let go of all the things that we have been holding onto for far too long. Let it all go! Give it ALL to God! The key to being strong is that when the cares of this world come you determine very quickly that you are going to give every worry and every care to God. There is nothing too big or too heavy for him to handle.
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