Our kids ride the bus to school much of the time. Occasionally, however, they have so much stuff to carry (school projects, things for extra-curricular activities an afterschool events, etc.) that it feels like a huge burden to take it on the bus so they ask for a ride. I would like to say that this is always thought through well in advance and we know when it is coming but sometimes (most of the time) it is a surprise and a last minute ask.
Giving my child a ride to school can take anywhere from 15 – 40 minutes depending on the traffic. I never know exactly what to expect and it is rarely convenient to do so. Sometimes it is a pleasure and something I truly enjoy and other times it is downright inconvenient and a frustration. But I do it (or Jenny does) because we love our children and we want to support them.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, “Carry one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Elsewhere Paul wrote that “love is the fulfillment of the law”. The loving thing to do is to help carry each other’s stuff…whether it is a band instrument, a theater costume, a class project, a sour mood, or a broken heart.
Let’s step up our game and carry each other’s burdens with joy. When we help lighten the load of another, something amazing happens in our own heart. Perspective often shifts and our own burdens seem to lighten just a bit. Give it a try and let’s stay in this journey together.
By the way – this weekend would be a great time to help carry the burden for Mom. She probably carries far more than her share of the load most of the time. Happy Mother’s Day moms!
To God be the Glory!