We all lift weights during the workout to get stronger. We dedicate our time and efforts to improving our snatches, shrugs, cleans, etc. And when we struggle to reach our goals or get discouraged, our teammates help lift our spirits.
We’ve all had times when we might have gone in too hard and not paced ourselves, and thoughts of quitting surfaced in our minds. In those moments, our teammates encourage us to keep going and finish. They are helping lift our burdens.
When we lift one another, we are following Scripture. Galatians 6:2 tell us, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
That doesn’t mean that we have to support others all of the time. That’s not the ask here. But when we are able to relieve some pressure from someone, we shouldn’t hesitate to do so. It doesn’t just help bring us closer to people in general and build stronger relationships, it builds a stronger bond with Him.
In Luke, we are taught that Jesus expects us to lift each other up. There are various ways this can be done. Luke 3:11 explains, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
We don’t always have to give someone a tangible thing to help lift them. Things like quality time, flashing a smile, or just asking how someone is doing can make a world of difference.
Lifting others doesn’t only improve other people’s lives. It greatly improves ours.
Think about a time someone helped lift you up. Write down what you’re feeling as you reflect on that experience.
Commit Luke 3:11 to memory.