Bear The BurdenAuthor: Byron Pulsifer, © 2012
We cannot always be a rock to ourselves where we can deal effectively with all pain or sorrow. Sometimes, it is much wiser to appeal to a good friend where you can find solace and understanding. It isn't always easy to open up to another person but speaking about issues of concern will help you to get ill feelings, or experiences out into the light instead of trying to bottle then up and not to admit that you hurt.
No Even Road
And, at the same time, you may also have occasion to be called upon to help bear the burden of a tragic or upsetting life event. In each person's life, there are many issues, trials and tribulations that just cannot be avoided no matter how hard one tries to keep on an even track. And, it is all of these occasions that we can help or can lend an empathetic ear.
Do Not Refuse Helping
Everyone who leads a wholesome life, a life that is dedicated to the law of Christ will find hundreds of situations that call for their assistance. It is not a matter of picking and choosing either. To be alive within the word of God means that there is no one that you refuse or one that is not worthy of your attention, help or blessings.
No matter, though, how much you really believe, there is no perfect life just as there is no perfect servant. This means that you must acknowledge your shortcomings and set your goal to be better, to be more accepting of others concerns over and above your own tribulations. To give is more rewarding in the long run for he who gives also receives the bounty of being able to lend a comforting hand.
Bear not the burden alone for you will be forever comforted within the word of God and by those who are with you as you walk the path towards enlightenment.
Family Issues and Love
Some recent events keep these words alive. It all has to do with my mother-in-law who is in the process of selling her home so she can afford to move into an independent living environment closer to more of her family members. She has, unfortunately, been experiencing more and more memory issues but part of these issues are a direct result of her inability to motivate herself to get out of the house and engage in community activities where she would be kept busy and therefore more mind active.
We Should Never Abandon
She has a loving family around her more than willing to help her through this adjustment period, which is one of the major support mechanisms that a lot of elderly people do not have. She does not have to try and do all those necessary things alone; she does not have to struggle with cleaning up her home and getting it prepared for selling. Life is a challenge when there is no one to help but thankfully she does. This little account is all to say that there are many elderly people in your own community who desperately need someone who cares; someone who will help ease the burden when age and frailty loom too large. All it takes is a little of your time and a little of your own inner strength to pass it on to those who would be more than grateful for your assistance. Share wit the elderly even some gift and that could be as simple as a ride to church each Sunday; a little gift that God is with them as they sit with you through prayer.
Needs and Guidance Everywhere
And, if you doubt that there are many, many people who need you to accept their burden along with them, just walk down any street, go into any community center, or any home for abused women and you will find all you need to extend your warmth and caring to.
Maltbie D. Babcock
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