“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Have you ever felt better when you discover someone else is having a bad day when you are having a bad day? Why is that? How does their bad day make yours better? It makes little sense, but we often feel better knowing others are in a similar situation. We are designed to be relational. We are designed to help carry each other’s burdens. Simply knowing we are not alone brings a temporary sense of relief, but God wants so much more for us.
Knowing someone else is suffering brings a little relief, but how much greater is it when we find people who are willing to share the load? Many people misinterpret the Bible and conclude that “God will not give you more than you can bear.” That is not true. Anyone who has experienced life can attest to this being false. There are two reasons God often gives us more than we can bear. The primary reason is that when we have more than we can bear, we begin to rely on God. The second reason is that we are designed to be relational- to have people around us that can share our burdens, and we can share theirs.
Who do you have that can share your burdens? Who can you help by sharing their burdens?
Author: Carrie Hubert