Senior Living - September 11

Where to unload life’s heavy burdens

Cast your cares on the LORDand he will sustain you; he will never letthe righteous be shaken. - Psalm 55:22

In his famous book, Believe and Belong, Bruce Larson tells how he helped people struggling to surrender their lives to Christ:

“Often I would suggest they walk with me from my office down to the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue. In the entrance of that building is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a beautifully-proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders.

“There he is, the most powerfully-built man in the world, and he can barely stand up under this burden. ‘Now that’s one way to live,’ I would point out to my companion, ‘trying to carry the world on your shoulders. But now come across the street with me.’

“On the other side of Fifth Avenue is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and there behind the high altar is a little shrine of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort he is holding the world in one hand. My point was illustrated graphically. We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, ‘I give up, Lord; here’s my life. I give you my world, the whole world.’”

Surrender is a difficult thing. Yet according to the Bible and countless testimonies, it’s the only way to live. Maybe today you feel like Atlas, carrying the world on your shoulders. But the One who created the world is the only One who can truly bear its incredible weight. So give your worries and cares to God today, surrendering your life fully and wholeheartedly to Him!

Prayer Challenge

Pray and give your heavy burdens over to God and allow Him to lighten your load.

Questions for Thought

What are some heavy burdens you feel like you’re carrying around today?

How specifically today could you unload those burdens onto God, trusting fully in His provision for your life? 

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