Galatians 6:2

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

My mom always taught me that this verse means that we are to come alongside each other when someone’s load is too heavy for just one person to carry. I have spent the last year gawking at such a load in front of me. It’s much too overwhelming for me to carry by myself. But instead of doing something, I sat on it and waited for somebody, or several somebodies, to come to my aid.

As time marched on, I grew a little sullen that nobody seemed to notice, or perhaps care, that I have such a burden to carry. I’m afraid to admit that this burden continued to fester in me, until one day I decided to pray about it. I asked God, “Why haven’t You sent someone to help me with this?” God doesn’t always answer in the way I would like Him to, but on this day, He did respond right away.

It was pretty clear that I hadn’t bothered to actually ask anybody for help. And I do tend to put off this persona that I am plenty capable on my own and I don’t need a whole lot of help. But then when I do need help, I act surprised that nobody notices.

Silly me.

While I sat around waiting for some help, I neglected to notice that some others around me were also carrying heavy loads, but I was too focused on my own burden to notice. In one of my favorite devotionals, Streams in the Desert, J.R. Miller says:

“. . . to refuse to bend our shoulders to carry a load is to miss a new opportunity for growth.”

Rather than waiting for someone to help me, I decided to start helping out wherever I could. Then, to my surprise, others have reciprocated in kind.

God is kind of funny that way.

If you would like to participate in this week’s quote, please visit the hostess’ blog. If you would like to know more information about this group of Christian writers, click on In Other Words.

8 thoughts on “Galatians 6:2

  1. Warren: I especially like my mom's take on this too.

    Bonnie: Gotta' love Him, indeed! Thanks for stopping by.

    Tami: Yes, asking for help does require humility, which something I could always use a little more of! 🙂

    Nita: God bless you too!

    Jeff: You know me too well. Of course I welcome Greek philosophers here! Plato, especially.

    Loni: I'm glad you were able to join us. You bring up a good point. Sometimes we do give something to God – only to “snatch it back”!

    Pam: You are a dear, dear friend. (And too kind.) 🙂

  2. So appreciated how you shared about this. It reminds me of how we often don't go to God in prayer over things too – or we give it to God and snatch it back.

    Thank you for sharing! I am reading a little late as I was out of town for a few days. The new quote for next week will be on my blog on Friday!

  3. Hey Denise. I know that greek philosophers may not be allowed here, but this reminds me of the quote from Plato…”Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

    Your post encouraged me today. I want to think differently about my own struggle…in that…when I'm not swinging the sword at my own enemy, I could be protecting and aiding the other 'battlers' around me!

    Thanks for that.

    xo Jeff

  4. It takes humility to ask for help, but it reaps so many benefits. Not only do we get the help we need, but we deepen relationships and see the beauty of being in God's family.

    Thanks for pointing out our need to ask. Yep. So right.

  5. Denise, I can relate. Thanks for your post today.

    “God's kind of fuunny that way.” Gotta love Him! He really has a way of showing us exactly what we need to do. LOL!

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