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A Word with You - May 26, 2010

  • 2010 May 26


How to Carry the People You Need to Carry

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When our kids were growing up, we made a lot of memories hiking up mountains and through some beautiful forests. Now our grandsons are making those same kinds of memories with their daddy. Not long ago, they were on one of those forest hikes with Dad, and the older brother had an idea. One that he had, no doubt, gotten from watching what his father had done with him. As little brother's legs started to tire out, big brother said he wanted to carry little brother on his back. Well, there actually now is a photo showing big brother with little brother on his shoulders. Is he Super Boy? No. There's a third person in the picture. It's Daddy standing behind, supporting little brother on big brother's shoulders.

Our oldest grandson learned something that day in the woods: "I can carry my brother - with help from above." So can you. It may be that at this time in your life you've been assigned by God to carry someone who can't make it on their own. Or maybe you've got more than one person to carry - even a bunch of people.

You are living our word for today from the Word of God in Galatians 6:2. Your Lord's command is: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." When you pick up the burdens of someone God leads you to help, you are living out the life of your Savior and you're making Him proud.

That doesn't mean the load doesn't get pretty heavy sometimes, even overwhelming and nearly unbearable. There's only one way you can do that. The only way our grandson could have his little brother on his shoulders. You have to depend on help from above. And since carrying someone else is a divine mission, you can release the weight to a Heavenly Father who is so much stronger. In fact, in Psalm 55:22, He gives you this invitation: "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." That means casting the cares of those you're carrying on Him, too.

Long-haul carriers learn the strange secret of what I call compassionate distance; offering yourself lovingly and wholeheartedly to a hurting person when you're with them, but leaving them completely in God's hands then, and especially when you're not with them. You're not supposed to carry them all the time. And they'll never learn to walk on their own if you get a "messiah complex" and act as if you're their Savior. That's co-dependency, not burden-bearing.

Just as God enlarges the capacity of a single kidney to do the work of two kidneys when one is removed, so God will enlarge your capacity to carry a load you never thought you could handle, if you go to Him consistently for His sustaining grace. Daily, you need to download His promise in Isaiah 46:3-4 - these are anchor verses of mine. "I have upheld you since you were conceived and have carried you since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Now, that's a promise of heaven's support that is without loopholes, without interruption, without limit. After all is said and done, you can carry someone else because someone stronger is carrying you.

Or as a great old Gospel song says, "When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed ere the day is half done; when we've reached the end of our hoarded resources, our Father's full giving has only begun. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundary known unto men; for out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again."

Lyrics from "He Giveth More Grace."

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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