Helping to "Bear the Burdens"

When confronted with an opportunity to advance a cause or a situation, the most prevalent answer to be found in the heart of the natural Man is, "What’s in it for me?" This response, because it is so common, is often considered a natural and, therefore, an acceptable response. However, the natural, common response is not always the correct or appropriate response. For in such instances, when we are confronted by various opportunities and situations, our chief concern should not be the benefit that I will gain, but how may my actions benefit my neighbor? In the Word of God (Gal. 6:2) we can find the words, "bear ye one another’s burdens." Although the full depth of this text cannot be examined in this article, we may conclude that this text, taken in conjunction with James 2:8 ("... Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ...") and I John 3: 11 ("...let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed .. ") calls us to earnestly consider the welfare of our neighbor. Undoubtedly, many agree with the tenor of the above statements, and in relationship with our Christian school would like to do something. What stops us? Money"! Time? Uncertainty? Concern that what you could do would not make a difference? Even though these are legitimate concerns, we should not allow them to hamper any opportunity that is placed before us. And if we looked closely at the variety of ways in which the school could be helped, there is perhaps something that could work for each of us. One area that we may consider is the collections that are taken from week to week. So often do we contribute that we may forget the importance of our contributions. However, let us remind ourselves that these contributions enable the church to provide an institution where our children may be educated according to the Word of God. Another opportunity is afforded us if we consider volunteering time to the various needs of the school. Although this may not seem important, it actually is. By volunteering, you not only gain an appreciation for the complexity of the school, but should realize the time you volunteer facilitates the educational process (which benefits the students). Here is a short list of some of the possibilities in regard to volunteering:

  1. Helping the librarians
  2. Helping with the lunch programs or in lunch rooms
  3. Being a "room mother"
  4. Volunteering to help at activity nights or with lawn care, etc.
  5. Helping on committees
  6. Helping with fund-raisers

In addition to the possibilities mentioned above, let us remember that we may also help the school by attending various school functions. While our attendance at a Pancake Breakfast or school supper, flower sale, and school programs may seem inconsequential, this is far from true. Our attendance at the various events allows us to come together and unite behind an endeavor, which by its very existence, we believe to be important. We have mentioned a few possibilities of how we can help "bear one another’s burdens" as regards the school. By no means should we consider that we are not’doing enough if we do not fill all the categories mentioned. We each have different gifts, talents, and opportunities to help the school. What is important is not that we necessarily do all things (for the rapidly paced society in which we live often demands our attention), but that we do not neglect afforded opportunities. However, small and inconsequential the opportunity may appear to us is irrelevant. What is important is that we don’t neglect the opportunities placed before us.


What Makes a Great Life

Do not try to do a great thing; you may waste all your life waiting for the opportunity which may never come. But since little things are always claiming your attention, do them as they come, from a great motive - for the glory of God, to win His smile of approval, and to do good to men. It is harder to plod on in obscurity acting thus than to stand on the high places of the field, within the view of all, and do deeds of valor at which rival armies stand still to gaze. But no such act goes without the swift recognition and the ultimate recompense of Christ. To fulfill faithfully the duties of your station; to use to the uttermost the gifts of your ministry; to bear chafing and trivial irritations as martyrs bore the pillory and stake; to find the one noble trait in people who try to molest you; to put the kindest construction on unkind acts and words; to love with the love of God even the unthankful and evil; to be content to be a fountain in the midst of a wild valley of stones, nourishing a few lichens and wild flowers or now and again a thirsty sheep; and to do this always and not for the praise of man, but for the sake of God - this makes a great life.