Today's Devotional Thought
February 25, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Carry Each Other's Burdens
Aristotle said, "Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient." We are raised to be strong, independent, and self-sufficient. We even have sayings like, "Don't let them see you sweat" because we value appearing strong and presenting strength to others even if we are feeling weak or anxious.
But, is this how God intended us to present ourselves to each other? Are we supposed to be self-sufficient, strong, and hide any weaknesses from others as we battle through life?
I don't think so.
In Genesis, you see God identifying the very first thing that He ever said was not good. And, that first thing that God saw that was not good was for man to be alone. In Genesis 2, it states, The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." (v. 18). God did not want us to live without others. God intended us to support one another, depend on each other, and help each other through life.
Paul reports this same theme in his letter to the Galatians where he tells us to bear one another's burdens.
Not too long ago, I moved to a small community that lives this verse out in a way that I have never seen. Many in this community have lived in this small town for their entire lives. They know each other's histories, their successes, their failures, their strengths, and their weaknesses. They celebrate together, mourn together, disagree at times, and simply live life side by side.
And they carry each other's burdens in a way that is inexplicably beautiful.
In the short time that I have lived in this precious community, I have seen several tragedies, deaths, and hardships. And the way that they love each other and support each other and take care of each other has made me smile and tear up on more than one occasion. Oh how it must make God smile as he looks at how they love each other.
Paul says we should carry each other's burdens and in doing so, we fulfill the law of Christ. The law of love.
And, this community loves like none I have ever seen.
I am blessed to be part of this community and it has been such a beautiful and vivid example of how we are to live this life with each other. Loving. Encouraging. Carrying each other's burdens as we journey through life.
Today, I pray that you seek the Lord and ask him where you can fulfill the law of Christ by carrying another's burden.
Aristotle was not correct. Happiness does not belong to self-sufficient. Happiness actually belongs to those who live life in community together, carrying each other's burdens and loving each other all the way to eternity.