WHAT KIND OF A LOAD ARE YOU CARRYING?
Sunday, October 15, 2006
TEXT: Matthew 11:28-30, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
ILLUS: Each day when I drive home, I come to highway 104 and turn left to go to my house. Just down the road a piece (that's southern for distance), there is a sign that warns about the load limit for the highway and the little bridge leading into town. Engineers have determined the exact amount of stress the highway and bridge can safely endure, knowing that too much strain can cause severe damage or complete collapse. Large trucks over a certain weight are not supposed to take this route, they do anyway, but they are not supposed to.
Human beings also have certain load limits (which vary from person to person). Some people, for example, can bear the pressure of trial and temptation better than others; yet everyone has a breaking point and can take only so much.
This morning, I want to talk to you about two things:
I. Sharing Our Burdens
II. Bearing Our Burdens
I. SHARING OUR BURDENS
The Bible says in Galatians 6:2, Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
How many times have we felt... "This is just too much for me...I'm not sure I can go another day...I need someone to talk to, someone who will listen—someone who will care." You know, they say that counseling is "90% listening and 10% giving advice." I think that's often true. We need to be good listeners.
When we feel like we are straining under the load--that the pressure is building, maybe it's time we need to share our heart with a friend. But before we do, I believe we will serve ourselves well if we...
A. Talk to people who have been there before
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