Once a professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see and asked the students, “how much do you think this glass weighs? Maybe it's 50gms,100gms or 125gms?".
The students answered, “I really don’t know unless I weigh it.”
The professor said, "Now, my question is: 'What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?’"
‘Nothing’ the students said.
“Okay, what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?” the professor asked.
“Your arm would begin to ache” said one of the students.
“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”
“Your arm could go numb!
"You might have severe muscle stress and even paralysis! You'll then have to go to hospital for sure!" Ventured another student. All the students laughed.
“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass of water change?” Asked the professor.
“No” was the reply of all the students.
“Then what caused the arm to ache and the muscle to become stressed?”
After a pause the professor asked “Before my arm aches, what should I do?”
The students were puzzled.
“Put the glass down!” said one of the students.
“Exactly!” said the professor, “Life’s problems are exactly like this. Hold it for a few minutes in your head; they seem all right. Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache. Hold it even longer and they will begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.”
It’s important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, but EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, you have to learn how to ‘put them down’. At the end of every day before you go to sleep, commit every care and stress of the day to the Lord. You will be surprise that many of the so-called 'problems' may look different after a good night rest.
By the grace of God, you will wake up refreshed, energized and ready to face another day!
Remember to put the glass down at the end of every day!