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Two Monks

Resentment Spiritual Health Burden (Spiritual)

Source: Galaxie Software (Biblical Studies Press, 2002)

Contributed By: Mark Sinor | Date Posted: 2014-08-25

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31 ; Hebrews 12:15

Author: Dr. Anthony T. Evans
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ILLUSTRATION

One day, two monks were walking through the countryside. They were on their way to another village to help bring in the crops. As they walked, they spied an old woman sitting at the edge of a river. She was upset because there was no bridge, and she could not get across on her own.

The first monk kindly offered, “We will carry you across if you would like.”

“Thank you,” she said gratefully, accepting their help.

So the two men joined hands, lifted her between them and carried her across the river. When they got to the other side, they set her down, and she went on her way. After they had walked another mile or so, the second monk began to complain. 
 
“Look at my clothes,” he said.  “They are filthy from carrying that woman across the river. And my back still hurts from lifting her. I can feel it getting stiff.” The first monk just smiled and nodded his head.
 
A few more miles up the road, the second monk griped again, “My back is hurting me so badly, and it is all because we had to carry that silly woman across the river! I cannot go any farther because of the pain.”
 
The first monk looked down at his partner, now lying on the ground, moaning. “Have you wondered why I am not complaining?” he asked. “Your back hurts because you are still carrying the woman. But I set her down five miles ago.”
 

APPLICATION

The author concludes, "That is what many of us are like in dealing with our families. We are that second monk who cannot let go. We hold the pain of the past over our loved ones’ heads like a club, or we remind them every once in a while, when we want to get the upper hand, of the burden we still carry because of something they did years ago."

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice" (Ephesians 4:31).

Shrek the Sheep Carried a Huge Burden

Jesus, Good Shepherd Burden (Spiritual) Prodigals

Source: Various, including "What A Sheep That Hasn't Been Sheared In 6 Years Looks Like" by ALYSON SHONTELL, published on Business Insider, JUL. 24, 2013

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-08-19

Scripture: Matthew 11:28

Author: Unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

Shrek the sheep became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone having shorn (shaved) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds - 50 lbs more than normal and enough to make twenty men's suits.

Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece simply because he was away from his shepherd. It took a professional sheerer less than a half hour to rid him of his burden.

Shrek died back in 2011, but his story has just recently resurfaced in news outlets and social media sites alike due to a new interest in the science of fleece growth:

Modern Farmer an internet resource for the farming community was curious: can a sheep's wool grow forever? Its writer, Jesse Hirsch, interviewed Dave Thomas, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's head of sheep studies. Thomas says a Merino sheep like Shrek will grow wool indefinitely.

Click the link above to see Shrek before and after being shorn

APPLICATION

Apparently, when God created sheep he had their need for people in mind. More specifically, their need for a shepherd. The same is true of us. Life involves the accumulation of burdens. Burdens that can't be tended to without the help of the Good Shepherd.

One internet blogger had this to say of Shrek's plight:

 
Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to indefinitely accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.
 
When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.
 
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Put The Glass Down!

Burden (Spiritual) Worry Rest

Source: various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-04

Scripture: Matthew 11:28

Author: Unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

How heavy does something have to be, to be too heavy? Consider the following story:

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

APPLICATION

She continued:

"The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early … as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV).

God Forgets, And We Should Too

Forgiveness Guilt Burden (Spiritual)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-30

Scripture: Micah 7:19 ; Hebrews 8:12

Author: Dr. Rich Dorst
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Could You Help Me Lift This Car?

God's Provision Burden (Spiritual) Holy Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-11

Scripture: Psalms 121:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Debt Canceled

Forgiveness Grace Debt

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Charles Schuyler
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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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Playing Dumb

Deceived/Deception God's Judgment Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Scripture: Luke 8:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Faces Court For Parking Two Seconds Too Early

God's Judgment Law (of God) Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Galatians 2:16 ; Romans 3:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Has Plastic Surgery To Avoid Debt

Responsibility Salvation Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-15

Scripture: Colossians 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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