Country comedian, Jerry Clower told the story of how his beloved Ledbetter family once heroically put out a house fire by driving the old beat up family pickup right into the middle of the burning flames, allowing the whole family the opportunity to pile out of the pickup truck in order to stomp and ‘whoop’ out the fire, helping to save the community from further damage. After the patriarch of the Ledbetter family was proclaimed a hero and presented with a generous collection as a reward, he was asked what he was going to do with all the money. To which he replied, “Well, the first thing I’m gonna do is get the brakes fixed on that truck!”
I have a coworker who his often overheard saying “Let me be a blessing to you.” Whether deliberate and intentional or accidental, by just dumb chance, help in a crisis SHOULD BE and USUALLY IS considered a blessing. We can all think of times in our lives when we have felt overwhelmed by the weight of whatever burdens life has dropped onto our shoulders at the time. The right helping hand, kind word, or especially, a prayer lifted upwards on our behalf, during the darkest of times can often prove to make all the difference in the world.
Paul encouraged the Galatians in chapter 6 (Verse 2) to ‘fulfill the law of Christ’ by “bear(ing) one another’s burdens”). This week, let’s all be challenged to look for ways to bear someone else’s burden. Let’s show someone how we may be a blessing to them.