Tuesday, September 17

carry on together

"When you see someone struggling with large packages, what is your first thought?  Of course, you have the natural urge to give him a hand.  You wouldn't just stand there empty-handed and watch him flounder around and drop things.

What happens, though, when you know someone who is hurting emotionally or struggling under a burden that isn't tangible? That's much more difficult to assess.  You wonder whether the person even wants your help or whether it would be right for you to get involved.

The essence of burden bearing is not problem solving. You don't have to fix things for the other person; you simply need to come alongside him and show you care. That's true encouragement.  In fact, the person may be more open to your words if he knows you are approaching him in love instead of correction." ~ Charles Stanley

We live in a broken world.  So many people are trying to carry heavy burdens up a rocky hard winding pathway.  In our busy personal world it's easy to walk past them determining there isn't time to solve their problems AND your own. Yet they aren't looking for problem solving.  They are looking for someone to come alongside them who can offer the compassion and caring and love that will encourage them along the way. Those very traits come from a relationship of faith in Jesus Christ and will grow within you as you experience your own difficulties.

Take a look at this verse from the Bible:  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." ~ Second Corinthians 1:3-4

No matter what difficulty or trial we go through and find God's comfort, we can minister to not only those who are going through a similar trial BUT also to those who are going through ANY type of trial.  Why?  Because we've personally experienced the compassion and caring and love of God which covers all brokenness.  

We live in a broken world.  Pray that God would open your eyes and lead you to be Jesus' hands, feet, and heart for those who need encouragement along the rocky hard pathway of life.  

Tammy ~@~

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