Burdens

The Bible says in Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

This verse has a tension in it that is easy to pass by in a casual reading. In order for us to carry each other’s burdens we must first share our burdens. We have to tell people what we need. We have to open up about our struggles. We have to ask for help.

In life I have seen two different ways of people handling this truth. One group is sharing all the time. They are constantly asking for you help physically, financial, spiritually and emotionally. The other group never asks for help. They do everything themselves and quietly carry all their burdens alone.

I firmly believe that neither of those groups are right. There are limits to what we share. A person who asks for help all the time is a burden themselves. They drain people while they take and take. On the other hand, never sharing forces you into isolation and resentment as you try to handle everything yourself.

My hope is that people will fall somewhere in the middle, or possible bounce back and forth between the two as life moves through good and bed times. The Church wants to be your community of support, but you must share your needs. Share your burdens so that we can help carry your burdens and in this way we fulfill Christ’s will in our lives.

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