"Then Jesus said [to his disciples],
'Let's get away from the crowds for
a while and rest.' There were so many
people coming and going that Jesus and his
apostles didn't even have time
to eat." Mark 6:31
I read about a lecturer who, when teaching
on stress management, raised a glass of water
and asked the audience, "How heavy is this glass of
water?" Numerous guesses were suggested.
"What it weighs doesn't matter," the lecturer replied.
"What matters is how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's no problem.
If I hold it for an hour, my arm will ache terribly.
And if I hold it for a day, I'll be in
real trouble. The longer I hold it the
'heavier' it becomes."
That's true in life. If we keep working without
a break, eventually we
will break. And if we keep carrying a burden
that is too heavy to bear without
doing something about it, sooner or later
the burden will break us. Stress needs
to be managed—without which it can
become a killer.
Like Jesus and his disciples,
there are times when we need to come
apart and rest a while before we come
apart. Learn to take breaks. Rest a while.
Then you will be able to renew your strength and carry on.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for
the example set by Jesus in
that we, too, need to take breaks to be
refreshed. Help me to not only hear your
advice but accept and put it into
practice. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."