Thanks to all who prayed for me (Kendra). I am so grateful for the Global church and how they “carry my burdens” to God’s throne room.
I was reminded of Galatians 6:2,4-5:
2 Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…. 4 Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. 5 For each one will carry his own load.
There is a time for helping others, carrying your own load, and letting others help you. I have seen the church do all three this week, and I appreciate it.
When we can say, “I am good at serving this way, and you are good at serving that way; let’s glorify God together.” We can take pride in what we do and not compare ourselves with one another (Verse 4).
But I am naturally good at comparing. I see that someone is doing this, and another person is doing that, and someone else is doing something completely different. And next thing I know, I am belittling myself for not being do what they all are doing.
After much prayer, God is teaching me to take my opportunities to do “good” and avoid the guilt to do more. I am learning to trust that God is working and will have a great harvest. I am proud of what I can do, because He is using me.
And right now, this is difficult for me to say. I feel like God has given me the desire to serve the discouraged, but I don’t know what opportunities to pursue. When I do act, I question if I am doing it right. I don’t know when a situation is a burden I should share or a load I should carry alone. When I look at my calendar, I criticize my choices. And then my doctor suggested another year of chemo. I remember the tiredness. I wonder if I can do this again.
And sometimes, I just want to give up trying.
But Galatians continues to say:
So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10)
I am looking for opportunities to love the discouraged and not give up even when I feel inadequate. If I can “carry one another’s burdens” through prayer or encouragement, I would love you do that for you. I know that power of prayer. I know that encouragement when others are praying for you. I want to do that for you.