Sharing the burden

It’s in our nature to want to fix everything.  Whenever something happens or someone has a bad day, we say to ourselves, “What can I do to make it better?  What could I have done to prevent the bad incident in the first place?”

But tonight, I realize that most times, there is absolutely nothing that we can do.  Sometimes, all we can do is just feel someone else’s pain and frustration with them–to acknowledge that he or she is tired or hurting and to carry their burden with them.

I think this is what Jesus was talking about when referring to his yoke being easy and the burden light.  I don’t think that it was the yoke that was actually easy or that the burden that was actually light.  These were easy and light because Jesus took the burden with us.  He calls each one of us to him saying, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

With God’s help, we can also help others around us be easing their burdens and carrying their yokes.  Doing so means that we ourselves will get tired, that’s a guarantee, but remember that Jesus has already carried the burden for us.

Philippians 4:13 says that we can do all things through Christ that gives us strength.  Christ shares our burden, and He gives us strength through this.  If someone around you seems to forgotten this–or you yourself, of course–take up that person’s burden and share it with Jesus for them.

Sorry if this post is pretty scattered, but it’s time for me to go off and share a burden…

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