So often we hear people say, “I’d love to help but I don’t know what they need.” or “I wish I could help but how?” The answer requires us to move outside our comfort zones and into someplace new. We need to move into a place where we can ask questions that aren’t easy and listen to answers that may be hard. We have to be in a place where ‘self’ is put aside to listen to God.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Carry the burden of knowing someone has a need. A real need. For food, for shelter, for a job, for a friend.
Carry the burden of hearing the hard stuff. That someone is healing from abuse. Running away from addiction. They are confused and angry with God.
Carry the burden of knowing that the answer to the question, “Shouldn’t someone do something?” is “You are someone, what are you doing?”.
But is it a burden at all?
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love oneanother.
The greatest burden has already been born, on shoulders perfect and holy. It is our job now, to carry each other, as He carried us.
And how is this talk of burdens something that is important to an Encourage Sister? Because it is everything! Encouragement is a way to carry the heavy stuff for each other. When you are close enough to encourage, you are close enough to carry. When you are open enough to hear, you are open enough to be there.
It isn’t easy, this asking, but as someone who has been asked a couple of times – it can change your world! Knowing some cares enough to ask, to listen, to love, to pray. Sisters (and brothers) isn’t that something we all need to give and to receive?
Did you know only one person in the New Testament is recorded as asking Jesus if He was WILLING to heal him. Many asked, many begged, many said thanks and quite a few probably didn’t say anything at all. Only one asked. And Jesus answered that He was willing.
I’m asking you, “Are you willing to ask?” Are you willing to step out and seek someone in their need?