Imagine that you're at Wal-Mart or another grocery store and there is a person…it could be a friend or a stranger…standing in front of you struggling with several large packages. You are standing there with nothing in your own hands. All of the sudden you notice that this person in front of you is just about to drop their packages because they have more than they can handle. What is your first thought? You have the urge to give them a hand. You can't just stand there and watch them struggle, can you? In reality, you really don't have to use your imagination unless you want to. You can see it nearly every single day of your life. There are those on your path, standing right in front of you, who are struggling with more than they can carry. It may not be groceries or household items from the department store, but it is a very real burden that weighs them down just the same. Maybe it's a divorce that they are going through. Or, it might be an illness. It could be a relationship problem, a difficult decision, a situation at work, or they could just be having a bad day. There are all kinds of things that weigh us down…things that we struggle with…things that leave us straining and hurting and aching from the weight that is upon us. The Word tells us that we are to "bear each other's burdens." We are to lighten each other's load. We are to help with spiritual, emotional, mental and physical packages that are weighing each other down.
Someone once said, “There are three kinds of people…those who watch things happen, those who make things happen with respect to and who work with others, and those who have no idea what happens.” When it comes to our involvement in the body, as well as our intent to do good work for the Lord…only one of these three works. We only have so much time, so many opportunities…and the question is – what will we do to make the most of them? Will you be opportunistic…will you be a participant? Or, will you be a spectator…among those who watch things happen or have no idea what is happening. These are not good places to be, spiritually. Life is about choices, and as we approach the coming year…what is going to be your focus? What are your goals, individually? As a family? What about as a church family? These are things that we need to continue to consider. We must continually have a focus, a purpose…for then the Lord can use us for His purposes, and this is ultimately what we want to do…please Him.