How and why I get the kind of mail I do in my "Inbox" is a puzzle that seems far beyond my comprehension.
I will never know why a host of companies believe I must be bombarded with:
...... promises of Viagra at the lowest possible price......
..... or why Doctor Wannabucka from a here-to-fore nonexistant country on the African continent wants me to get a share of an inheritence which is being held in a Swiss bank account just for helping him out.....
..... or that I applied for a 5th mortgage with AAAAAA E-Z Mortgage company because of their "Low.....Low....Low" rates.
Perhaps, like me, you are also eyeball-deep in what used to be called (in snail mail terms) a CHAIN LETTER. Send this letter to 35 of your most cherished friends within 10 minutes and you will be blessed... or cursed.... or come into a fortune.
The harassment of it all. And it adds to the every-day base line level of stress.
Here is something I found - after sifting through the inbox - which is makes sense to read. I hope you enjoy it too.
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out 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 stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, 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."
So, before you return home or to your friends or to your family tonight, put the burden of work - or anxiety - down. Don't pass it on to someone else; don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow if you need to."
Well, that's about where the mail stopped. As Christians, we have another outlet. We can cast our care, our burden, our anxiety and fears on Jesus.... "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will refresh you". Now, that message is something worth passing on!