Hannah Whitall Smith’s 1875 Advice

Give your burdens to Christ.

When I speak of burdens, I mean everything that troubles us, whether spiritual or temporal.

I mean, first of all, ourselves. The greatest burden we have to carry in life is self; the most difficult thing we have to manage is self. Our own daily living, our frames and feelings, our special weaknesses and temptations, our peculiar temperaments, our inward affairs of every kind–these are the things that perplex and worry us more than anything else and that bring us most frequently into bondage and darkness.

In laying off your burdens, therefore, the first one you must get rid of is yourself. You must hand yourself, with your temptations, your temperament, your frames and feelings and all your inward and outward experiences, over into the care and keeping of your God and leave it there.

He made you and therefore He understands you and knows how to manage you; and you must trust Him to do it. Say to Him, “Here, Lord, I abandon myself to You. I have tried in every way I could think of to manage myself, and to make myself what I know I ought to be, but have always failed. Now I give it up to You. Take entire possession of me. Work in me all the good pleasure of Your will. Mold and fashion me into such a vessel as seems good to You. I leave myself in Your hands and believe You will, according to Your promise, make me into a vessel unto Your own honor, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. And here you must rest, trusting yourself thus to Him, continually and absolutely.

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