Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10
It's official: I am indeed not smarter than a 9th grader. Before Hurricane Florence sent our concept of normal routines out the window, my oldest daughter, Madison, asked for help with her homework. I glanced at the sheet and the first thought that popped into my mind was "Did math change from when I grew up?" The equation that stumped her (and me) somehow had more letters than numbers in it. I couldn't figure out what A was let alone B, so I wanted to tell Madison that I'd "C" her later with insight after I googled how to solve it.
At that moment, we were both overwhelmed. We felt defeated and helpless. We didn't know where to begin. We wondered if this problem would ever get solved. I don't know for sure, but I would gather those same emotions, questions, and tensions we faced over math homework describe how a lot of us are feeling when looking at our circumstances right now.
Tears have been shed. Frustration has set in. Doubt and worry have made an appearance. All of the unknowns seem daunting. We're attempting to pick up the pieces, but we’re unsure of which area demands our attention the most. For some of us, this has left us paralyzed, unable to move.
A bit of good news. We figured out the math problem and Madison received a good grade on the assignment. This only took place because the math wizard of the family (my wife Jenn) stopped what she was doing, came alongside us, and helped. Step by step, she walked us through the problem. Those feelings of being overwhelmed dissipated and were replaced with assured confidence. We survived what we thought we couldn't.
The same holds true for the circumstances we are facing as a community. We weren't meant to tackle this problem by ourselves. Saying you're overwhelmed and need help isn't a sign of weakness, but rather strength. The only way we will get through this is by relying on each other as we trust Christ every step of the way.
It's in these moments where the church can rise to the occasion and truly be THE CHURCH. The time to respond is now and we do this by shouldering each other's burdens. On one hand, the math equation before us will demand our all and stretch us to our core, but it's also very simple: 1+1 = IMPACT.
Where are you feeling overwhelmed? What keeps you from asking for support and help from others?
How can you shoulder other people's burdens in their time of need?
God, when I'm overwhelmed let me first look to You, but then towards those around me. Don't let pride or embarrassment get in the way of me seeking out support and relief. Thank you for surrounding me with a loving and caring community. May I support others as I am being supported. In Your name, Jesus, Amen.