Day 5

Carrying Burdens

from the One Another reading plan


Galatians 6:1-10, Romans 14:13-23, James 5:13-20, Exodus 17:9-13

BY Scarlet Hiltibidal

The most recent too-heavy thing I attempted to carry was an old TV (the non-flat, anciently bulbous kind) that we inherited from my husband’s grandfather. 

We just moved into a new house and the thing is, other than its girth, it’s a perfectly good TV, and also, I like to get things done quickly and also-also, I don’t like asking for help. I enjoy the feeling of self-sufficiency. I love doing things I shouldn’t be able to do and then going to sleep at night thinking, I did that thing. I carried that giant Y2K-era TV up the stairs all by myself despite the fact that I haven’t worked out in over ten years! 

My dad jokes that the women in my family get things done by sheer force. Of course, that approach is significantly limited. Someday I’ll encounter a TV that’s too big for me. My strength, no matter how much I prefer self-sufficiency, doesn’t go very far. And when it comes to spiritual and emotional burdens, my limitations, and yours, are even more obvious. We can all think of times we’ve tried to carry the burden of our sin or suffering alone, and it just doesn’t work. We fall back down the stairs and our decades-old, TV-sized shame, pins us to the floor.

Here’s the problem—believing you can carry things that are too heavy for you, be it a television the size of a small train or a secret sin, is an illusion that will eventually destroy you. Crush you. Put you on your back or on your knees.

Something I find beautiful about today’s reading is how humble obedience, gentle love, and Christ-focused service are tied into our joy! The Bible makes a big deal about humble, holy living because we serve a holy God who humbled Himself and bent down to carry the things we could not. It’s amazing. We are broken human beings, not capable of carrying the weight of sin. But, incredibly, Jesus stooped to meet us and died to free us so that we could have His power.

Today’s passages urge us to love people from a place of humility. Of gentleness. Of openness. Of service.

“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” —Galatians 6:2

If you’re like me, you might be thinking, “I don’t want people to carry my burdens. That means I’m weak!” But, God tells us yes, we are absolutely weak. That’s why we need Him. That’s why we need each other. Put down the TV. You are not alone.

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92 thoughts on "Carrying Burdens"

  1. Kim Poen says:

    I’ll be praying for you Melinda!

  2. Kim Poen says:

    I heard from wise women that if we, as women, don’t allow others to help and serve us, we are denying others blessings and service in love. It was a woah moment for me and changed my thinking on allowing help to come my way, because I know I love to help others and be blessed by it.

  3. Skylar Rutherford says:

    Yes, amen! So good—I feel the same!

  4. Laura M says:

    I hear you Melinda. I have always struggled with making friends, especially in church. Reaching out is so hard. Pray and put one foot in front of the other. God will give you nudges and ins – be faithful and obedient to those. A friend won’t drop into your lap, but I bet he has someone out their who is ready for your friendship.
    Three times in my life I have had the sense to pray diligently for friends. And each time the Lord has blessed me with a friendship that was more than I could have asked for. He recently gave me the most wonderful group of ladies to be in community with, but I fought joining in for a long time out of shyness.

  5. Laura M says:

    I hear you Melinda. I have always struggled with making friends, especially in church. Reaching out is so hard. Pray and put one foot in front of the other. God will give you nudges and ins – be faithful and obedient to those. A friend won’t drop into your lap, but I bet he has someone out their who is ready for your friendship.

  6. Jill O says:

    One of my greatest sins that I struggle with daily is the need to be self sufficient and my pride. This message reminds me that my self sufficiency is not something to be proud of, that God knows I can’t do it myself, that He’s just waiting from me to realize it and admit it.

  7. Stephanie Granstrom says:

    Hi! I’ve never posted before but God has been showing me how much I hide from fellowship and that I have some deep wounds I’ve never dealt with. Fellow believers are such a gift to us that I’ve been avoiding for fear of hurt again. But that’s not what awaits me when I step into fellowship anymore. How freeing!

  8. Jennifer Ficklen says:

    ❤️

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