When I unload groceries out of my car, I hate making more than one trip. I can make it into the house with six shopping bags on each arm and a gallon of milk in one hand. Anybody else like that?
Having someone to help me carry in groceries is nice if there are a lot of groceries. But I don’t need help. I can do it myself. The problem comes when I have other things to do. I’m less effective in my other tasks when I wear myself out before I start them, but I shouldn’t need to ask for help. I’m strong enough to do it alone, aren’t I?
Today’s verse is Galatians 6:2.
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
Do you know someone who works too hard? We all know somebody like that. Picture them in your mind. When was the last time you saw them collapse? Maybe it was recently. Maybe it’s never happened. Or maybe it just hasn’t happened yet.
If you work too hard, you will collapse. It’s more than a fact. It’s a matter of time.
But how can you get all your work done when you only have 24 hours? Does asking for help actually help?
I struggle with that. I figure if God has called me to do something, I should do it. I shouldn’t ask someone else to help me do it. But what if God has called someone else to help me? Am I really the one who gets to decide if they help me or not?
I don’t like sharing my load. I don’t trust other people with it. They won’t cherish it like I do or work on it as hard as I do, and things that need to get done won’t get done when I want them to. Sharing your burdens means that you trust someone else with them, and I don’t trust easily.
But looking at my goals that way poses an even bigger problem in my life: Whose goals are they anyway? Whose plan am I following? Is it mine, or is it God’s? It should be God’s, which means it doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to Him, and He says I have to share it with someone else.
We must share our troubles and our needs with our brothers and sisters in Christ, because we aren’t enough on our own to accomplish anything. We need help, and God gave us a family through Jesus so that we could get help when we need it. Everyone has a limit, both physical and emotional, and God doesn’t expect us to live beyond those limits.
Ask for help. Let your brothers and sisters in Christ help you carry the load on your shoulders. Sure, you could do it alone, but wouldn’t you rather have the strength to do the next thing God’s called you to do instead of proving how tough you are?