Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ

My next door neighbor lost his wife suddenly.
A co-worker lost a loved one to suicide.
A friend I would consider to be one of the strongest people I know told me how alone and isolated he often feels.
A local outreach to children is asking for 2000 coats for children who do not have one.
This Christmas season almost 3,000,000 people are incarcerated in our jails and prisons many with families, children.

Burdens are indiscriminate.

From the youngest to the oldest among us, regardless of our social standing, gender, there are seasons, sometimes long seasons where we bear burdens.
Sometimes alone.
Jesus did not intend it to be that way.
As the image bearer of God in the flesh He came to take away the burden of our sin. But He didn’t stop there.
He let us know that second only to loving God with all we are or ever will be, was the command to love our neighbor as we would want to be loved.
In Galatians 6:2 Paul inspired by the Spirit of God tells us one of the ways we fulfill that commandment is by bearing each other’s burdens.
But the task of bearing others burdens as we carry our own is no easy task.
Sometimes with the sheer volume of need, burdens we become weary.
At times our thoughts are turned inward. We feel we are doing the heavy lifting with little help.
Other times we compare our load to others and wonder why no one is helping us. We feel our burden is obviously heavier than theirs.
So how do we navigate this and truly love our neighbor as we love our self, bear their burdens when ours are sometimes overwhelming?
In Galatians 6 we find direction and encouragement.

You will reap what you sow.
When you encounter those situations where you have a choice to turn towards or turn away, when you are weary of the constant demands, remember you reap what you sow.
The impetus for bearing others burdens is love. Whether it is a prisoner you visit in jail, providing a child with a coat, or encouraging a friend, being present in someone’s grief the thing people need to know most is they are loved. In fact Jesus said this is how people will know we belong to Him. By our love. When we are willing to sow into others lives by bearing their burdens even when we don’t feel like it or feel we are quite up to the task, we reap far more than we give. Scripture has much to say about our willingness to do this. All of it good.

Don’t become weary in doing good.
When we become the hands, the feet, the shoulder to lean on we do the one thing Jesus cannot physically do. And this is (read Matthew 25:34-40) of utmost importance to Him. So much so it ultimately affects eternity for everyone.

In the proper season your harvest will come. What will that harvest be? It will be different for everyone. But based on our Lord’s statement in Matthew 6:25-34 I expect it will be exactly what we need when we need it.

When you have opportunity do good to all people. Especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
The opportunity to do good in a world filled with things that are not good has never been greater or more needed.
Doing good can be a word, an action, sometimes standing with those or for those who cannot stand for themselves. But however that opportunity may come we will never be more like Christ than when we are willing to bear the burdens of others.



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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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