Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6: 2

 

 

 There are times when having some of the weight of the day lifted is not only helpful, but it can be almost life saving. Sometimes that involves something as simple as having another person come to me and offer to help with a task, talk through a situation, or pray with me for an answer. My shoulders lift a little higher, and my heart can beat a bit slower from the relief.

 

On other days and in other times, I wind up being the one with a part of my friend’s load of bricks on my back; there seems to be a wonderful balance to the way that life goes in this regard. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle; however, I think that He looks at our capacity to take on weight based upon both our own strength and endurance and upon that of the other people that He will bring into our lives.

 

God desires and plans for people to have a form of healthy interdependence that multiplies each of our strength, endurance, and effectiveness in ways that are supernatural. The Lord makes us sensitive to the needs of others, and He gives us the ability and the sense of security that are required to be vulnerable with others, too. One of the distinctives of the Kingdom of God is that none of us are all sufficient and none of us are without capacity to help others; we are each uniquely, specially, and specifically given personal gifts and areas of strength that when combined create an unbeatable group that is a living, human image of our Lord.

 

Christ’s law is one of grace, love, and selflessness; although, it does not remove the stresses and struggles of living in this fallen world; it does provide the freedom, the skill, the strength, and the support to go through that life with our heads high and our hearts made lighter. Jesus calls each of us to seek the opportunity to walk with others and to support them in handling the burden that they are carrying; although, this may sound like a strange prayer request, Christ will smile if we ask Him to bring another person’s heavy load for us to help carry today.