How Heavy Is Your Bag?

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,  And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

 Do you ever feel like you are carrying a heavy load on your shoulders?  Have you checked what’s in your “bag?”

A man had two grandsons.  They wanted to go looking for rocks on their grandfather’s land.  So the man did what any grandfather would do – He took them out on Saturday to look for rocks.

As they walked up one hill and down the other, the man would stop every now and then and put a rock or two in his grandsons’ backpacks.  The boys were having fun, talking about school, their friends, how hot it was, what they had done that week, what their grandfather had been doing, etc.

Every now and then, the man would take a rock out of their bags.  Then he would later put another rock in their bags.  The boys didn’t think much about it.  They thought maybe their grandfather had found a better rock.

After a few hours, they headed back to the man’s house.  By the time they arrived, the boys were hot and tired.  Their backpacks had gotten heavy from all the rocks.  Their shoulders hurt.  They quickly dropped their bags on the front porch and went inside to get some water.

As they sat at the kitchen table, resting and drinking their water, they noticed their grandfather was carrying their bags.  He sat them down on the ground, opened them up, and simply emptied all the rocks on the ground.

The boys ran out the door and asked, “Grandpa, why did you dump out our rocks?”  He responded, “Because I wanted to teach you a lesson.  You see, every time you said something negative or not kind, I put a rock in your bags.  When you said something encouraging or positive, I took one out.”

God’s Word says there is death and life in the tongue.  We need to be aware of the words we speak over ourselves, and over others.  We need to be careful about the words we chose to speak.  Our words are to bring truth and encouragement; they are to speak life. 

Jesus said, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30).  Perhaps your tongue is causing you a problem.  How heavy is your bag?