There's a story about a grandfather clock that had been a permanent fixture in one household for three generations. A new member of the family felt sorry for the old clock, however, because of the heavy weight that was suspended from it by a golden chain
"No clock should have to bear a load like that," thought the kind-hearted family member to himself as he removed the weight.
Immediately the ticking that had quietly sounded through the house for three generations ceased.
"Please put my weight back on," said the clock to the family member. "I know you meant to help ease the burden, but it is the weight that keeps me going."
The fact is, that if we didn't have responsibilities and a load to carry, chances are that most of us would be bored with life and never achieve anything that is worthwhile.
Dear God, thank you for the responsibilities I have been given. Please help me to accept these joyfully and be a faithful worker in all that I do, and do all as unto you. Gratefully,
in Jesus' name.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)