Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Look around. Every day, hundreds of people cross your path. Some family, some close friends, some co-workers, some acquaintances, and some strangers. Regardless of the degree of closeness, every one of those people are on a unique journey through life which, at that particular moment, includes you. When you meet, what do you see?
Do you see the person who has it all together, running joyfully through the lilly fields of life, dancing blisfully in the sun?
Or, do you see....
...the person who is struggling financially to make ends meet, working their best every day to provide for themselves and their family?
...the person who just came from the doctor and received the worst news ever...the diagnosis is cancer?
...the person who tried and tried to make it work with their spouse, and are at the end of the road?
...the mom or dad who stayed up late last night trying to help their child with homework and was up way before the sun this morning to cook breakfast and make lunches, finish the laundry, sign permissions slips, and clean out the car for carting the kids to school.
...the person who’s felt stuck in a valley for weeks or months and is losing hope. Their faith is failing and they begin to wonder if there is a God and if He even cares.
Often we’re so consumed with our struggles that we miss the opportunity to recognize, let alone lend a helping hand, so someone else in need. Life is not a solo journey. We were created for connection. It’s through the connection with others that we bear each others burdens and provide encouragement for those in need and celebrate successes together.
No Christian should ever think that he or she is totally independent and doesn’t need help from others, and no one should feel excused from the task of helping others. The body of Christ, the Church, functions only when the members work together for the common good.
Think about the people in your life. Do you know someone who needs help? Is there a Christian brothers or sister who needs redirection or encouragement? Humbly and gently reach out to that person offering to lift his or her load.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV
Let's walk slowly through the crowd, smile, and say "Hello". Make a positive difference in someone's life today. Who knows, maybe that's just what you need.
Live. Love. Lead. Leave a Legacy!