Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:2-3 (NIV)
What is your focus? That is quite a broad question. I’m not sure what you mean. I can be much clearer. I’d like that. Go ahead, I’m listening. Is your focus solely on yourself? Are you preoccupied with your thoughts, concerns, problems and issues? Are you the center of your own world? Does everyone and everything revolve around you? Are you consumed by your own life? Are you too busy and preoccupied to notice the pain and suffering of those around you? Is your life and your concerns so important that you cannot notice others who might need your help? You weren’t kidding when you said you could be clearer. No, I was not. I suppose those aren’t rhetorical questions. You would like me to answer your questions. Yes, I would. There is no point in denying that quite often I am busy and preoccupied with myself. I have been racing through life trying to check off boxes on my “to do list”. The needs of others have not often risen to my priority list. My focus has too often been on myself. My ability to hear or see others in need has often been muted from my hearing or obscured from my sight. That is regrettable. That is unfortunate. That is a terrible mistake. Yes, it is.
How do you want to change? What would you like to do differently? You know that I want to become like you in all that I think, say and do. I want to follow your example. It is the desire of my heart to live like you lived and do what you did. How did I live? What did I do? You slowed down to love others. You didn’t race through life. You took notice of the pain and suffering all around you. Your focus was not on yourself. You came into this world to serve others. You loved others completely. You noticed and picked up and carried the burdens of others. Is that what you want? Yes, it is. I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. I want to love like you loved. In every way and on every day, I want to follow your example. That is a good and right and pure desire in you. Is that the prayer of your heart? Yes, it is. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, my focus has often been on myself and my concerns and problems. My eyes and ears have been closed to others who have far greater need. Help me to take my focus off myself. Help me to become like you in loving others. I want to carry other’s burdens. Amen
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