I have been so overwhelmed by the messages I have received lately. You really don't know what others are going through, until you allow yourself to be REAL about what you are going through. And it can be embarrassing and painful to admit you are struggling... but honestly, who isn't? We are all struggling with something. If you aren't struggling, then you aren't really living.
I wrote a song a few months ago about this "waiting" period in our lives. Waiting for a baby, waiting for our "dream careers," waiting to see loved ones again. If there is another thing in life that we all seem to have in common... it is the process of waiting. The fact that so many of us are bonded by at least these two things, struggling and waiting, should bring us closer together. But there are some who instead of embracing the struggle, choose to complain and sink into a hole of self-pity. Now I know this is a serious problem for some, and depression is very real, but I believe that so much of this can be prevented if we allow ourselves to just, be REAL.
I read a quote the other day that put this in perspective for me.
"Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves. The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.” - Gordon B. Hinckley
How true! When we serve other people and see their needs, our problems seem so much smaller. This is obvious when we go overseas on mission trips, for example, but what about in our daily lives? Why not start with our friendships?
As a follower of Christ, there is ONE commandment that we are given to fulfill the "law of Christ" here on earth. This blew me away when I realized it...
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." - Galations 6:2
Carry each other's burdens. Wow, seems so simple and yet so difficult at the same time. In order to carry a burden, the first step is to admit you have one. Going back to the beginning... be REAL. Leave me a comment, email me, call a friend. Whatever you need to do to share your burden with someone. And then, let them carry it.
Thank you to those who have carried our burdens this week. Perhaps next week it will be yours on our shoulders. :)