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“Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. . . 5 for each one should carry his own load.” (Galatians 6:2, 5)

Several years ago I read a book by Henry Cloud that pointed me to this passage.  He used the image of a boulder and a back pack.  We should help others when they get hit by a “boulder” of a problem.  This would be something major that a person can’t handle on their own.  This is part of being the body of Christ.  This would be the first part of the listed passage; we help people carry their burdens.  However, everyone needs to understand that people are also to practice the truth of “carry his own load.”  Dr. Cloud points out that each of us have a back pack of responsibilities that we are personally responsible for.  The danger here is that there are people in this life that want you to carry their personal back packs.  As a person with a Helper tendency I have to be careful or I’ll look around and find myself carrying several people’s back packs.  Carrying people’s back packs is not helping but enabling.  I hope this metaphor is as helpful to you as it was to me when I first read it.

Under His Mercy,

Derek Dickinson, Minister

Journey Christian Church

Fairbanks, Alaska


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