Backpacks

Calendar wisdom for May 15, “It isn’t the load that weighs us down – it’s the way we carry it. (unknown author) My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9” I’ve shared the following story before in church but I love it. A hitch hiker with a heavy backpack is given a ride by a driver in a pick up. The driver says to the hiker, just throw your pack in the back. The hiker refuses saying he needs to carry it so as not to cause the driver more work. The humor is, of course, that the car is carrying the back pack whether it is on the hiker’s back or on the floor of the car. The hiker only weighs himself down. How we carry our loads is important. While speaking with someone I care about yesterday the litany of an old grievance was again recited. So much pain and consequential anger. I ponder today how the things in my “backpack of memories” weigh me down. The proverb says that it is not the memory but how I carry it. The past is the past and probably remembered through my much younger self and from a much different time but if I carry it now with bitterness and resentment rather than gratitude for a lesson learned, it makes a big difference in who I am and how I face life. Perhaps a lesson for today is the realizing how God works through my weakness to His glory. Certainly we are weak now and need His perspective on all the issues challenging our lives. May we be able to put our backpacks on the floor of God’s car, as He carries us! Have a good and safe day!

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