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Stories We Tell: Invisible Weights
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By Wendy Witas

Early every morning I go to a college sponsored Boot Camp. As we go through the different exercises there is one young man who does three reps to every rep I struggle through.  

 

One morning he put on an 18 pound vest and struggled through all his reps. I was amazed. For the first time I was doing more than he was.  

 

The whole thing got me to thinking that there are a lot of people who carry invisible burdens I will never see. That our burdens are not all equally weighted. That people who struggle and stumble need compassion and encouragement, not criticism.

 

Wendy Witas is pastor for family ministries at the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church