Growing up about 45 minutes outside of Boston, it was often we heard stories of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. One such story that always stood out to me was the story of Giles Corey.
You see in 1692 Giles was accused of practicing witchcraft. Whether he was innocent or guilty, a “good” man or “bad”, that is not the interesting part of this story. The interesting part is how he was sentenced.
The courts decided that Giles Corey was to be Pressed. What that means is Giles Corey was to be laid down on the ground naked with a large board on top of him while rocks were placed upon him slowly and painfully until he either admitted to the accusations or died.
Well, you guessed it, Giles refused to admit to practicing witchcraft and at the spry young age of 80, he endured 3 days of terribly painful public torture. But here’s the really interesting part, when asked if he would admit to the crime, he repeated and is recorded for yelling out, “More Weight! More Weight!” Meaning, ‘Please kill me faster!’
So What Can We Learn From This Story?
Funny thing is, while Giles was being involuntarily pressed to death by “more weight’ over the course of 3 days leading to his slow and excruciatingly painful death, why is it that we sometimes load the ‘weight’ on ourselves?
Think about it.
How many times in our fast paced, goal-oriented (instead of God-oriented) lives do we keep adding the ‘weight’ of more pressures and responsibility that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things?
How many times do we put so much pressure on ourselves to perform, that we stand there crippled under the unbearable weight?
How many times do we have so many things on our plates to do that we lose sight of where we should even start and push what we need to do (and many things we don’t) off until “tomorrow’ and ‘wait’?
Yes, this is an unfortunately scenario that we all put ourselves in at times, but for some of us, it’s a more often occurrence than for others.
Many of us don’t need a group of angry witch hunters and politicians to slowly wear us down and kill us; we’re doing it to ourselves.
So How Do We Fix This?
It’s simple. Refocus your life on what really matters.
Here, let me help you out:
- Your Family
- Those Around You
After this short life, the above list is all that really matters. Business is fun and financial success is enjoyable, however, like a very wise person once said, “You can’t take your money to the afterlife with you, but you can take your friends.” (Hopefully you take/lead them to the right place.)
So my encouragement to you is this:
- Find out what is really important to you in Life
- Write down your calling and purpose and put it somewhere will you will see it and read it often (daily even)
- Before making any more decisions or commitments ask yourself, Is this activity contributing to my purpose and calling in life?”
- Then, get rid of everything in your life that is ‘weighing’ you down, causing you to ‘wait’ to act, or distracting you from what really matters.
Now Get Out There and Start Living!
Scripture to Consider:
- James 4:14
- Ecclesiastes 12:13
- Proverbs 29:18a
- Colossians 4:17
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