WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
GROUPS HELP WITH STRESS
A group of guys were in the locker room after a round of golf. And a cell phone went off on the
bench. Several men in the locker room listened in as a guy answered the phone on speakerphone. The man says “Hello?” Woman says, “Hi honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?” Man responds, “Yes.” Woman says, “I’m at the mall now and I found this beautiful leather coat. It’s only $2,000. Is it okay if I buy it?” Man says, “Sure, go ahead if you like it that much!” The woman goes on to say, “I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw this new model I really liked.” Man asks, “How much?” Woman says, “$90,000.” Man says, “Okay, but for that price I want to have all the options.” Woman says, “Okay, I’ll see you later! I love you so much!”
Man responds, “Bye, I love you too!” Every guy in the locker room is just astounded at what he did. He looks at all of them and he says “Anyone know whose phone this is?”
The second command in Galatians 6 is “bear one another’s burdens.” This doesn’t mean we should answer each other’s phone calls but it does mean we should help lighten the load for each other. The word “bear” can mean to remove, reduce or relieve so that the overworked, overstretched and overwhelmed person won’t crumble, crack or cave under the pressure. The word “bear” is also translated “carry.” It is no coincidence the verb “carry” actually comes from the noun “care.” We should be motivated to help each other because we care.
Our small groups at Northstar are designed to be places where you are cared for, heard, prayed for and helped by others who are taking the time to get to know you. God doesn’t intend for us to carry our burdens alone. What are the burdens you are carrying this week? Are you allowing anyone to carry them with you? Have you helped anyone carry their burdens this week? Ask God to grow the people in your life you are caring for and who are caring for you.