Friday, March 10, 2017

Cross Trade

"A young man was at the end of his rope. 

Seeing no way out he dropped to his knees in prayer. 

"Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."

The Lord replied, 

"My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."

The young man was filled with relief. 

"Thank you Lord," he sighed, and he did what he was told. 

Upon entering the other door, he saw many other crosses, some so large the tops weren't even visible. 

Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against the far wall. 

"I'd like that one Lord," he whispered.

And the Lord replied, 

"My son, that is the cross you just brought in."


We often get so lost in our own trials, worries, fears and anxieties that we fail to understand that just steps away from us exists someone else whose problems absolutely dwarf our own!!

We would not in a million years trade our own cross for the weight and severity of some other people's daily battles if we took a truly objective view of our lives - and our BLESSINGS that we forget on a daily basis and take for granted!!

Pray the Lord does not put us to the test!

Do not get caught taking a minute of our day for granted!  

We have no idea just how blessed we are - despite our daily storms and challenges!!

Focus on the Blessings ONLY!  

As for the daily trials and worries, put them in perspective and turn them over to the Lord!

He wants them from us!!!

He wants to know that we TRUST HIM with them and that we BELIEVE that He will handle them for us!!!

Why withold this from Him?

Take them off your plate and place them at His feet!  

Accept your "cross" today "with prayer and thanksgiving" and give thanks to God that you have the one you have been given - because given the chance to trade it for someone else's, I don't think we would like the other options!!

Stay Strong  - God Bless!!  :) 

"The Lord is near.  6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"

    --  Philippians 4:6

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