Galatians 6:2 - Bear One Another's Burdens.
Galatians 6:2 (NKJV) Bear one another's
burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
When problems overwhelm us, God's grace
comes to us in many forms. Sometimes he empowers
us directly. Sometimes he guides us through his
Word. And sometimes he works through other people.
He wants us to accept their encouragement and
practical help. Will you be humble enough to ask for
help from his people?
He never meant for us to go through life
on our own. That's why the Bible speaks of
God's people as limbs of one body: Christ's body.
"The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I don't need
you!' And the head cannot say to the feet, 'I
don't need you!' (1 Corinthians 12:21). We all
need each other to face what life dishes out. If
you're in over your head or just feeling lonely,
ask someone for help or a listening ear.
Accepting help from others honors them
and enables them to fulfill the design God
created for them. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day
Church Broke Out (Redux)
I began the blog in this space last week
with the disclaimer that I wasnt sure the
story was true. I check sources carefully and if
there is any doubt I either admit my hesitancy, or
I omit the story. So here is my entre to last
I dont know if this story is true.
Ive never started a piece like this before.
Ive written in this space every Monday evening
for more than six years and Ive never started
even once with this beginning. I almost always
know more about the story than I know about this
one. But I think its true and its big
enough I know youll be blessed.
However, no sooner had the blog hit the
streets last week than I got a note from a dear
friend " our family physician " saying he had
found the original. So the story is true.
Here are a couple of specifics: It
happened in Louisville (I had just said it was from
Kentucky). The trash company is Hometown Hauling, and
the trash man is Jake Bland rather than Gus.
Other than that I got it right. So now maybe the
story is even more persuasive than before.
One Thursday morning Molly didnt put
her trash out at the curb. She was an older lady
and it had happened before so Gus, her trash
man, wasnt terribly concerned. But when the
cans were not there the next week, he was
worried. Gus got the name from his dispatcher and
called up the customer. Maam, he asked,
I see you havent put your trash cans out
for a while. Are you ok? Im doin all
right, she replied. The lady who comes in to
help me was afraid of the virus So?
asked Gus. So she stopped coming. I dont
have any trash these days because Ive run out
Well, maam, thats not ok.
Tomorrow is my day off; when I finish my run today
Ill stop by. When Gus arrived he asked her to
make up a grocery list. Maam, this list is
too short, he told her. Reluctantly she added
some more items. Suspecting he didnt have the
whole story he asked if he could look in her
fridge. It was stark naked empty.
Next morning Gus showed up with a dozen
bags filled to the top with every kind of grocery
she could need. Molly was speechless. Gus said,
Maam, you maybe didnt think you had family
living nearby. Well, you do now. Till your lady can
come back and help, my wife and I will see that
you have everything you need.
I love this story. A trash collector
sensed that here was a lady with a need and church
broke out. Here is a guardian angel, cleverly
disguised as a garbage man, doing kingdom business. I
dont know that his prayer that morning was,
And Lord, help me find someone today who needs
something more than having their trash hauled away.
But it wouldnt surprise me. Gods
people are like that. [By Don Jacobsen; NAD Prayer
Cowboys in Wheelchairs
Little Matthew and Stephen came to one of
our Family Retreats to volunteer alongside their
mom and dad. They pushed wheelchairs, carried
lunch trays, held Bibles, and played games with
kids in wheelchairs. The boys had a blast, plus
it provided great insight as to how disabled
kids deal with daily struggles.
After the retreat was over, Matthew
received a Lego City for his birthday. Their father
observed his boys snap together a cowboy and Indian
fort. They built walls, watch towers and a group
of teepees. "What's that?" Dad pointed to an
odd conglomeration of blocks.
"It's a ramp," they replied. "It's there
so people in wheelchairs can get in the fort."
The boys started snapping together little
wheelchairs with square wheels. (Square? It's the
thought that counts). The cowboys rode wheelchairs
instead of horses. So did the Indians. The boys
constructed ramps into the general store, livery stable,
and the jail. (I suppose that shows disabled
people are sinners, too).
"They came up with the idea themselves,"
their father told me. "It came naturally."
Hobnobbing for a week with kids in wheelchairs changed
Matthew and Stephen. They will grow up to be adults
who think, What can I do to make life easier for
my disabled friend? It won't be a fearful world
of "us" and "them," but a world where it comes
naturally to put in a ramp, widen a door, reach out a
hand, or open a heart. It will be a great world
when it happens, and Matthew and Stephen are
paving the way.
Think of a family member, neighbor, or
coworker who has a disability. Is there anything you
can do to make his or her life a little easier
for them? If so, you will fulfill the law of
Lord, open my eyes to the needs of
others. Help me to carry their burdens and so
fulfill your law... the law of love. [Joni Eareckson
Tada Daily Devotional:
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS TOPIC
Galatians 6:2 - Why You Need to Share Your
Grief with Others.
Matthew 25:31-46 - The Parable Of The Sheep
And Goats - The Final Judgment.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies:
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Hope Awakens Bible Study Guides:
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies:
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio (currently live):
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: