Bear The Burden
Author: 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 another person's life. 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. Sometimes people just need someone to listen.
Listen without passing judgment.
Do Not Refuse Helping
Everyone who leads a Christian life, a life that is dedicated to modeling
the behavior 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, and to truly live the word of God means that there is no one that you refuse or that there is
no one that is not worthy of your
attention, your help or
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)
No matter, though, how much you really
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. Letting others help and
being a help to others is a great way to live. Trusting God and talking to
Him is also a great comfort.
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 with the elderly even some gift and that could be as simple as a
ride to church each Sunday; checking in with them to see if there is anything
that they need; spending an afternoon with them just talking - sometimes what
we consider small things can have a big impact on their lives.
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 or any food bank,
and you will find all you need to extend your warmth and caring to. You will also
find people whose burdens are a lot heavier than yours. Not only will you help
by helping others
it will give you an appreciation for all that you have.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.
Maltbie D. Babcock
"The race of humankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow humans; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt."
Sir Walter Scott
"If there is one elephant in the room among most of us who call ourselves Christian, it is that what we think and say we believe and what we actually experience are all too often two, radically different realities."
"Gratitude is more than a feeling of appreciation or thanks. More than a returning of kindness. And more than giving recognition to the sources of those kindnesses. Gratitude is also about seeing obstacles and struggles as an opportunity for growth - a gift of possibility and an affirmation of potential."
"He (God) can use your strengths and talents to bring victory and blessing into your life and the lives of others."
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