Glory: Heavier Than The Weight of the World

The Hebrew word for glory comes from the root word kabad, meaning: “to be heavy, to be honored, to be made heavy, be honored, enjoy honor, be made abundant, to get oneself glory or honor, gain glory.”

Oddly, that doesn’t resonate with our typical translation of glory when we read it in the Bible. More similar, is our English definition of weight: “the amount or quantity of heaviness or mass; amount a thing weighs.”

I wonder what’s weighing on you right now? Are you bearing “the weight of the world on your shoulders?” Is it the weight of worry for a troubled teen, a mountain of debt, unemployment or a failing marriage? Do you feel the crush of burdens that you can’t quite put your finger on—a feeling of foreboding and a heaviness in your heart?

I wonder what would happen if we placed the weight of God’s glory on the scale against your burden?

Find out how God will displace your burdens by reading the rest over at The Bottom Line.

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Learn to Love the Skin You’re In … by Amelia

Another thought-provoking article by a wonderful writer, Amelia, at The Bottom Line:

We can’t change our skin like snakes do; so, learning to be comfortable in our own skin is vital. We have to love ourselves, or else others will find it hard to do it for us. The message about “loving our bodies” is worn out. Yet, people aren’t convinced. Maybe it’s because the message about “skinny being the only sexy,” is louder.

Numerous people struggle to love their bodies—a large percentage of them are teenagers. An article on Huffington Post states, “About 40 percent of 10 and 11-year-old girls in the U.K. want to lose weight. That number rises to 54 percent in 12 and 13-year-old girls and to a stunning 63 percent among 14 and 15-year-olds.” While boys are less concerned about body image, they’re not all exempt.

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I See Her In My Mind’s Eye

I see her in my minds eye

She doesn’t think anyone sees her.

 

Her eyes are closed, hair swept back

Lashes wet, cheeks streaked.

She is sweetly, painfully, beautiful

But she doesn’t know this.

A dusty blue dress whips angrily around her shins.

It clings to her frail, thin frame, but she is not weak.

 

She doesn’t look hopeful, but why is she still walking?

 

A giant parachute is trapped by leather cords to her small tanned shoulders.

It to is a dusty blue, the straps are long, it is a lengthy distance behind her.

It traps the heavy headwind behind her.

What buffets her from the face also drags her from behind.

 

Things blow by her,

Debris is caught in her parachute.

Whole, heavy desks, pieces of wood, buckets and rocks, scraps and worthless junk.

She doesn’t see them.

 

She doesn’t even realize she’s near the peak of a mountain.

Miles and valleys lay behind her, terrain before is level, though not short.\

Her goal is level with her, in sight.

 

It’s a cross, a rugged, strong, splintery, empty cross.

Ironically, she’s dragging her own cross behind in her parachute.

But she longs for and needs THIS cross.

 

Despite the wind, her surrounding are beautiful.

Wild green landscape, cloudless deep blue skies at dusk.

Radiant, collapsing sun burns the embers of her horizon.

Is the day, her hope,  her time, almost gone?

 

Bloody, small knuckles grip the straps of her parachute with white death.

Why not let it go?

 

Oblivious to her audience she struggles forward.

But above her, as big as the sky is a man, an indescribable man.

His face glows with love, a gentle smile on his face.

His hands seem as large as the sky too; there are holes in them.

But held in those hands, giant scissors, one purpose.

In one simple moment, with one glance upward.

Her cords would snap and the weight be gone and would propel her forward.

The force collapse her to her knees to grip that cross instead.