Lam 3:27-28 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
When a man crosses the mountains he naturally would like to get across as fast as he can. However, if he carries weights he will profit more by the experience by becoming stronger. If he shuns the weights he will have an easier time of it, but will not have the strength and endurance he may have gained when he reaches the other side of the pass.
In youth young men want to do what they wish. They want to climb this range of mountains without weights, to go fast up the hill, to feel the wind in their faces and the experience of standing free on top of a summit. And yet those that bear no weights will not gain what they could have, what they must have when they reach the other side of the range of youth and into the fields of life. If they have been unrestrained, have run free, if they have built no character or ignored all yokes of ethics and morals, they will find themselves much to weak to work in the plains, and to do what they were created to do.
Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott