Bearing Each Others Burden's
“Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:2
When trying times hit us, we often feel very alone. The pain can run so deep it has a way of isolating us. Especially in today's age of social media, where everyone’s best foot is always forward. Our natural human nature tries to avoid pain at all costs. And the experience of it, along with the obvious hurts have us uniquely struggling to cope with the deep sorrow of tragedy. The good news is that there is a silver lining in tragedy. It opens our eyes to others who are struggling with similar things. In actuality, most people don't post or share their struggles. Most people aren’t flying flags of the cancer that was just discovered. Most people aren’t raising their hands to announce struggles with addiction. Most people don't wear a shirt saying they have just lost their job. We hide our hurts. However, when we are going through a certain trial in life, our hearts are uniquely qualified to ache for others who are experiencing the same trial we are. An amazing thing happens - we serve one another in our shared pain (with helpful advice, empathy, and the general feeling that we are not alone). Our struggles are an opportunity. Not just for us to gain a true perspective. Not just for us to grow and to learn and to persevere. Our trials qualify us to love and serve others. They invite us into unique opportunities to care for a hurting world.