Here is a way to get rid of your personal burden: carry someone else’s burden!
I don’t think we’re meant to be stuck in our own little world. We can get eaten up by our own problems big time. Preoccupied, we don’t even notice when someone else is down and out. Or if we notice, we look away because we couldn’t bear another person’s burden on top of ours.
We have to take care of ourselves first, and then we can help others. Right? Well, that’s not how it works according to the law of Christ Paul mentions in his letter to the Galatians. As strange as it seems, we do not take care of ourselves first; instead we take care of another man’s burden.
What happens to our own burden in the process? Obviously we have to set it aside for a while until we’re through dealing with the other person’s issue. Since this is the law of Christ we’re talking about, Jesus will be all over this situation. Don’t underestimate the benefit of helping someone. We will feel good about it. Almost always we learn something.
Here is the thing about our own burdens and responsibilities: We are not supposed to carry them in the first place. Carrying each other’s burden is the law of Christ, which means Christ Himself does not carry His own burden, no, He carries ours. And He invites us to carry His yoke, which He says is light.
We are supposed to let go of all our burdens. If you feel irresponsible about that, think again. We’re born to be free. Unburdened, we look around and see people into the eye. We are fully present. We can truly contribute to this day and age because we are not weighed down or held back by our own problems and issues. That’s why the law of Christ is such a blessing to our society. Hospitals; charity work; animal shelters – all of the above is based on the law of Christ. Take all of this out of the equation, and we would have to face a very brutal reality.
Our world runs on kindness and empathy. Angels will cheer us on as we get on board with the law of Christ, let go of our own burden and help the person next to us.