Sharing Burdens

Galatians 6:2 (NIV):  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

I learned a lot of useful things in the Army. One of my first experiences was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a new Army Reserve Chaplain. I supported a Summer Camp for ROTC. I actually got to go through much of the physical training with those young cadets, as a 34 year old! I learned how to carry other people, even by myself. It was much easier to carry others as a team. It was also an interesting feeling to be carried by others. The training was good and planted seeds in case I ever needed the skills.

I observe the world around me now and feel that so many people are not really looking out after others. It is a “me” emphasis everywhere.

Yet, Paul shares that we should be looking out for our fellow man. He talks about “the law of Christ.” Paul is referring to Christ’s new command to love others the way He has loved us. Well, He loved me enough to die for me. Wow. Sacrificial love. Jesus modeled it and now that is how I should relate to others.

I think Paul actually gives a very practical way to fulfill the law of Christ. We are to carry each other’s burdens.

Even though the picture shows three men sharing their physical burdens, I think that this verse especially applies to sharing all the other burdens that people have. People are hurting all around me for so many reasons. In order for me to know their hurts and to be able to help carry their burdens I must see my neighbors with God’s eyes and listen to them with God’s ears. Helping others means that I don’t just pray for them, but I actually share my time and resources in a direct and purposeful way.

Prayer: Lord God, I want to see others and help them. Hurting people need You. Even those that seem to be okay are often hiding their pain. May I be Your tool to  carry another’s burden and share the love of Jesus with them.

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