It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourself so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God’s. He begs you to leave the future to Him and mind the present.
-George MacDonald (1824-1905)
7 thoughts on “Minding our proper burden.”
I can’t help thinking about how heavy the past can become, as well. My mother was a great one for reliving the past, berating herself for what she should have done “better.”
I used to belong to a congregation whose pastor preferred this benediction: “The past is forgiven; the future is open.” Worship became a hinge between past and future — an opportunity to let go of regrets about one, and fears for the other.
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So apt and freeing. Also a good reminder to read more George McDonald.
I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.
Sweet little reminder! Hugs to you.
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
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How true, how true.
How lovely! I love George MacDonald.