September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

The Need for Weight

Pastor Shane Guldi from Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene

When astronauts experience weightlessness for a long period of time, like on an extended space mission, things happen to their bodies that affect them on their return to earth.  

Some of the things that a lack of weight cause are: 
• Bone and Muscle deterioration 
• On earth, bone is worn down and replaced by the body, but in space, bone is still broken down by the body, but is not replaced as quickly 
• In space, skeletal muscle is no longer required to maintain posture. Leg muscle is hardly needed at all to get up or to move around, so in just 5 to 11 days astronauts can lose up to 20% of their muscle mass. 
• Without the pull of gravity, facial swelling happens because weightlessness allows blood and other fluids to collect in the upper body. 
• Because of the increased amount of blood and other fluids in the upper part of the body, Astronauts experience eyesight issues due to the increased pressure in the head. 

All of these problems are due to the lack of weight put on our bodies by gravity. 

Just as the weight of gravity is beneficial for our bodies because of the affect it has on them, the weight of problems is beneficial for a leader because of the effect it has on us. 
An unknown source is quoted as saying, “Life’s heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry.” 

When I read that in a book I am reading, it made me think of my perspective of how I see problems in my life.  

To be completely honest, I still have a greater tendency to see problems as a headache, something sigh about more than I sing about. But I am trying to change my perspective. I am trying to see the weight of my problems as something that is going to pull things to where they need to be. That the weight can be used to stop atrophy and strengthen the muscles of my faith. That the weight will help me have better vision. 

I think of Daniel and his insistence to pray, knowing others were out to kill him. Of Paul being stoned and left for dead, yet using his beatings to fuel his passion. Of Jesus, who at any time, with a single word could have stopped his oppressors, yet chose the weight of persecution - in part to understand and empathize with humanity. 

John Maxwell wrote in his book, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, about the problem promise. He wrote, “When you handle them well, problems promise to make you better.”  
Then, a little later, he went on to write, “when leaders of good character face problems, they rise to the occasion and are often defined by the response. Bury a person in the snows of valley forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty, and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham, who set the world record for running a mile in 1934. Press them in a society filled with racial discrimination and they become a Booker T. Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver and a Martin Luther King Jr. Call him retarded and write him off as uneducable (un-e’-jew-kah-bul), and you have an Albert Einstein.” 

John wrote in 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 
Paul wrote in Romans 8:37-39 that “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

We don’t have to allow a problem to DEFEAT us. If we welcome its weight and handle it well, it can be a defining moment.

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